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Freestyle Networking – Making it Work for You!

Freestyle Networking – Making it Work for You!

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Most of us are familiar with the term Freestyle cruising, a concept that was introduce by the cruise industry in recent years. Freestyle cruising was a new business model that was introduced to allow passengers to a enjoy a more casual vacation experience and eliminate the formal rules of cruising (e.g., formal evening dress code, a set time and place for dining, etc..). This business model allowed the Cruise Industry to attract a younger customer base and increase their annual revenue, but what is Freestyle Networking?

What is Freestyle Networking?

The term Freestyle is rarely associated with business networking. As I always do before writing my blogs, I performed a research of the phrase “Freestyle Networking” to determine if this concept is being applied in networking but very few results were found.

So here is my definition of Freestyle Networking. Similar to the Cruise Industry, I am defining and applying this business model to networking to provide people with a more casual networking experience rather than continue with the “old school” regimented and structured networking model.  Incorporating this Freestyle Networking model provides people with thee freedom to choose when, where, and with whom they want to network rather than dictating to them where they need to network.

Now, I know my local Houston Networking Leaders will argue with me that we must have a structured environment to allow for a successful networking experience. I agree and disagree with them at the same time. Yes, we should have some structure and/or general guideline but No we do not have to be so regimented and dictate to the people where they should network, with whom, and where.

How are weMaking it Work for You”?

First, I want to give credit to our Founding SBC Director/Member Christina Tervay for coming up with the phrase “Making it work for You” and allowing us to use it as part of our slogan.  By introducing the Freestyle Networking business model into our Organization, we are providing our members with several networking opportunities both virtual and face-to-face events to give members the freedom to choose when, and where to network. In addition, we are hosting several area events and allowing members to participate in as many events as they choose without having to pay any additional member fee for each area. At our events, we provide both our guests and members with equal opportunities to share their story and/or marketing material and encourage one-another to truly connect and build long lasting relationships. Now that is how SBC is applying Freestyle Networking & Making it Work for You!

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Pablo Valle Pablo F. Valle is a Program Manager in the Planning, Engineering, and Construction Department at The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County. He manages diverse transportation engineering projects ranging from between $500,000 to $25 million in various engineering areas for the Houston metropolitan region. Pablo is also an entrepreneur at heart. He is the Founder and President of Small Business Connexion, a Professional Business Organization helping businesses Learn, Grow, and Connect. Pablo also founded a local Houston Professional Business Network (the Latino Professional Business Network) that began with fifteen people and grew to over 4,200 members in less than three years. He has served in numerous leadership roles including; Treasurer and President of the American Society of Civil Engineers - Student Chapter, Board Member of the Chamber of Latino Entrepreneurs, President, Membership Co-Chair, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Texas Institute of Transportation Engineers Houston District. Among his peers, Pablo is known as the “Godfather of Networking”. Pablo received his Bachelor of Engineering from the City College of New York and his Master's degrees in Civil Engineering from The City University of New York – Graduate Center. He is the recipient of numerous awards including; The Minority Research Careers for Minority Scholar, the Hispanic Serving Institute Scholarship, and the City College of New York President's award for outstanding leadership. Pablo is married to his High School sweetheart Tanya N. Valle and together they have three boys; Justin Paul, Jeremy Timothy, and Jayden Christian Valle.

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