WPC Education | March

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March 2018 Newsletter & Education

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SAVE THE DATE

April WPC Meeting: Embasy Suites by Hilton Columbus Airport

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 6:30p-8:30p

Members: Free

Non-members: $10 for first time attendees

Non-members: $25 for returning attendees

RSVP by April 9, HERE


This month, our meeting was held at the Marriott Courtyard West where we were treated to appetizers and beverages. Our spotlight speaker, Janel Northington with Mobile Mommies, also gave us some M&Ms (who doesn't love M&Ms?)!

Our featured speaker this month was Jeannine Vegh. She is an Independent Marriage & Family Therapist, licensed in the state of Ohio to practice psychotherapy. Jeannine spoke to us about the 7 principles for making a relationship work from the Gottman Institute. 

What can you do to make a relationship work?

1) Build love maps

  • Maintain awareness of your partner's world

2) Share fondness and admiration

  • Make deposits into the Emotional Bank Account

3) Turn towards instead of away

  • Accept bids for emotional connection

4) The positive perspective

  • A positive perspective occurs when the friendship of your marriage is strong

5) Manage conflict

  • Accept influence from your partner: be open to compromise
  • Discuss your problems: take turns listening to one another about perpetual issues
  • Practice self-soothing: keep yourself calm

6) Make life dreams come true

  • Find ways to support each other's life goals and dreams

7) Create shared meaning

  • Build a shared sense of purpose.  What is your mission and legacy? 

For more information, visit Gottman.com where you can explore videos, books or find out about couple's workshops around the country. There is also a Gottman Referral Network on the website to find local therapists, as well as a free app called Gottman Card Deck. All the couples cards that were displayed on the table are on this app.


  Welcome New & Renewing Members

New Members

Allison Saulino with Columbus Bride & Groom

Sara Bentley with LA Catering

Renewing Members

Leah Diehm with Bosc & Brie

Lauren Lawson with COSI

Kristin Baisden with Aladdin Shrine Center

NOT A MEMBER OF WPC?  CLICK HERE FOR REASONS TO JOIN!  


Wedding News, Job Openings, and Events!

The Columbus Photo Booth Company is looking for 5-10 photo booth attendants.

Columbus Bride & Groom is looking for a part time entry level office assistant.

Jorgensen Farms is looking for a Wedding & Events Coordinators 

The Westin is looking for a Catering Sales Manager.

I Shine Music Productions is looking for an Account Executive.

If you'd like to be featured on Engaged Columbus, contact Tammy Hudson at tammy@columbusbg.com

UPCOMING EVENTS

If you've got upcoming events that would benefit WPC members, let us know!

WPC Members: Do you want free promotion for your business?  

If your answer is YES, email our WPC webmaster, Amber Waters for more info!

**Continue to check the WPC website & Facebook page for more news, events, & updates!**

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THE WPC FACEBOOK PAGE:

WPC members can list your own wedding related events on our Facebook page!!  Click on the tab that says WPC & Social Events and add them to the calendar. 


A SPECIAL THANK YOU!

Jeannine Vegh for the great relationship tips 

Abby Gillespie and the Marriott Courtyard West team for hosting us and the food and beverage

Jonathan Faulks with Faulks Event Studio for the beautiful centerpieces

Randy Laipply with Connie Duglin Specialty Linens for providing the beautiful linens

WPC Education | February

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February 2018 Newsletter & Education

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March WPC Meeting: Columbus Courtyard West

Tuesday, March 13, 6:30p-8:30p

Members: Free

Non-members: $10 for first time attendees

Non-members: $25 for returning attendees

RSVP by March 8, HERE


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Here's a bit more information about our February Host!

A little history:

- For 130 years, the YWCA has been dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

- The building, which was originally built in 1929, reopened almost a year ago after a 2 year, $25 million renovation.  The renovation updated the women's residency living quarters from dorm styled living into self sufficient apartments and gave them beautiful new event spaces!  Fun fact: the ballroom used to be their pool!

Our events give back:

All the functions hosted at the Center for Women in one of their four event spaces help to support the women and families they serve everyday.  They have 91 women that live in their building, many of whom are victims of domestic violence, chronically homeless or dealing with mental illness or addiction.  By hosting meetings and events in their spaces, they are able to generate funds that support wellness, recovery, and educational programs to better the community they serve!

They have four different meeting and event spaces:

  1. The Ballroom is their largest space, accommodating 150 guests for a seated reception and 250 for a cocktail styled gathering
  2. The Wolfe Room can accommodate up to 50 guests and can be used for small ceremonies, conferences, and dinner parties
  3. The Library is ideal for small wedding showers and meetings of about 30 people
  4. The Mary Griswold Room is suitable for board meetings, presentations and small gatherings for around 25 people

For more information, please check out their NEW website at www.eventscw.org!


February's meeting was hosted by the YWCA, with delicious food provided by LA Catering and Kim Savon giving us wonderful insights about Leveraging Linked In and Other Social Media to Drive Sales. While serving as the Marketing & Sales Director for a large startup several years ago, Kim learned the value of leveraging LinkedIn, social selling and how closely the functions of marketing and sales are related. Over the years she has developed a relentless passion for sharing her success and teaching others how to use LInkedIn to develop their own professional brand and grow their network and business, with the result being increased sales.

Why use LinkedIn?

  • It's FREE!
  • Offers increased exposure for your brand and organically increases your SEO
  • 72% of buyers use social media to research before making a purchase
  • 81% of customers are more likely to engage with a strong, professional brand

Your personal brand promotes you as an expert & thought leader, as well as a trusted advisor & long-term partner

Creating your tagline

  • Customize for your audience
  • Use industry jargon
  • Use the model "helping X do Y"

Creating your summary: People learn about you before even shaking your hand. What sets you apart? Close with a call to action/invitation to connect/link to your website

Experience section should be use to promote what your business does, NOT tasks that you do

Include videos & review on your website and everyone should have an FAQ section or page.

Other points:

  • You should have separate personal and business profiles
  • NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK
  • Connect with complimentary businesses and their key contacts
  • Make the ask for review & recommendations
  • Engage on social media-comment, share, post interesting content but DON'T SELL
  • Anyone in business should be on Twitter
  • Content is king; not keywords anymore
  • Audit/update content; ensure it is authentic and rich
  • Don't post more than once a week on LinkedIn
  • Link to GOOD partners

  Welcome Renewing Members

Renewing Members

Doug Melvin with Doug Melvin Photography

Randy Laipply with Connie Duglin Linens

Meghan Kinsey with Bleu & Fig

Mike Middaugh with Columbus Trolley

NOT A MEMBER OF WPC?  CLICK HERE FOR REASONS TO JOIN!  


Wedding News, Job Openings, and Events!

Jorgensen Farms is looking for a Wedding & Events Coordinator. 

Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center is looking for an Event Planner.

Prema-Designs is looking for an on-call florist.

LA Catering has several positions available.

If you'd like to be featured on Engaged Columbus, contact Tammy Hudson at tammy@columbusbg.com

UPCOMING EVENTS

April 8 - The Wedding Experience, 12:00-4:00p, Crowne Plaza Worthington. For more info, contact Columbus Bride & Groom at info@columbusbg.com 

WPC Members: Do you want free promotion for your business?  

If your answer is YES, email our WPC webmaster, Amber Waters for more info!

**Continue to check the WPC website & Facebook page for more news, events, & updates!**

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THE WPC FACEBOOK PAGE:

WPC members can list your own wedding related events on our Facebook page!!  Click on the tab that says WPC & Social Events and add them to the calendar. 


A SPECIAL THANK YOU!

Kayla Kruszewski and the team at the YWCA for hosting us 

LA Catering for providing the delicious food and LA Catering swag 

Rita Kenner with Prema Designs for the beautiful centerpieces

Emily Kreindler with Got Ya Covered Linens for providing the gorgeous linens

WPC Education | January

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January 2018 Newsletter & Education

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February WPC Meeting: YWCA Columbus

THURSDAY, February 8, 6:30p-8:30p

Members: Free

Non-members: $10 for first time attendees

Non-members: $25 for returning attendees

RSVP by February 5, HERE


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Happy New Year from WPC!

Our first meeting of 2018 was hosted by the OSU Faculty Club where we enjoyed delicious food & beverages and great networking. In the midst of engagement season, we had a bridal panel consisting of past brides (and groom) Nicole Ewing, Randi Mackintosh, Logan & Julliana Stout, Tasya Conn & Jennie Hanna, and engaged couples Danielle Braeuer & Michael Moore and Carla Cunningham & Troy Brower. They gave great insight on their experiences planning their weddings, including what they enjoyed most, what their frustrations were, how they selected vendors, etc. Below are just some of the takeaways that can help improve our businesses and connect more with potential clients:

  • The bride does most of the work (which we already knew), but on rare occasions, the groom is a lot more involved in the planning process
  • Overall, venue was the first thing booked
  • When choosing a venue, style, price point, customizable, and photo opportunities available were deciding factors
  • When searching for vendors, food & beverage and photographer are on the top of the list to find, other than venue
  • Photographer should be able to capture moments, but not be overpowering
  • Vendors were found on The Knot, WeddingWire and Thumbtack
  • Bridal shows are overwhelming and high pressure sales do not work
  • When participating in a bridal show, have all pertinent information available, i.e. pricing, products/services offered, so the client doesn't have to search for them, potentially ruling you out
  • Advice given to the engaged couples from those already married: don't sweat the small stuff, learn to be flexible, have a day of coordinator or wedding day assistant, have fun, and don't be afraid to ask for help!

 


  Welcome New & Returning Members

New Members

Windi Noble with Run to an Elopement

Shayna Sturgis with Beautifully Designed Events

Returning Members

Jennifer Kon with Compass Travel

Andréa Sargent with Andréa's Occasions

Jaime Morphy with The Blackwell

Blaire Blechinger with Hilton Downtown

Jean Gualtieri with Active Travel

NOT A MEMBER OF WPC?  CLICK HERE FOR REASONS TO JOIN!  


Wedding News, Job Openings, and Events!

Wedgewood Golf and Country Club is looking for a Director of Events. 

Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center is looking for an Event Planner.

Renaissance Columbus Westerville is looking for a Catering Sales Manager. For more info, contact Ann Hollins at ann.hollins@concordhotels.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS

January 24th - Bridal Bubbly Bar Happy Hour, 5-7pm at Marriott Columbus University Area.  For more info or to RSVP, contact Diana Marshall at diana.marshall@concordhotels.com.

January 26th - Franklin Park Conservatory Show, 6-9pm

January 28th - Claiborne Show, 11am-4pm at Hilton Polaris

January 28th - Empowered Planner Society presents a sproutHR workshop: Hire Your Dream Team - The Right Way, 8am-3pm at Jefferson Country Club.  For more info, visit www.empoweredplanners.com/workshopsandevents.

February 11th - Savvy Bride Resale Market, 11am-2pm at the Crowne Plaza Dublin

February 21st - Compass Travel & U by Uniworld Reception and Presentation, 7pm at Avant-Garde Impressions, 34 Dillmont Dr, Columbus, OH.  Free drinks, European appetizers, and giveaways! For more info, contact Jennifer Kon at jen@compasstravelagency.com.

 February 25th -  Wedlocal Bridal Show at The Vue.  They are still looking for vendors.  For more info, contact Randi Macintosh at randimacintosh@nurturthesalon.com.

March 1st - Walk Through A Wedding Open House, 6-9pm at the Aladdin Shrine Center.  For more info, contact Kristin Baisden at kbaisden@aladdinshrine.org.

WPC Members: Do you want free promotion for your business?  

If your answer is YES, email our WPC webmaster, Amber Waters for more info!

**Continue to check the WPC website & Facebook page for more news, events, & updates!**

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THE WPC FACEBOOK PAGE:

WPC members can list your own wedding related events on our Facebook page!!  Click on the tab that says WPC & Social Events and add them to the calendar. 


A SPECIAL THANK YOU!

 Amber Waters and the team at the OSU Faculty Club for hosting us and providing the delicious food & beverages

Randy with Connie Duglin Specialty Linens for providing the beautiful linens

Thank you to our Bridal Panel!