Julie and I went to a business meeting at Pardini’s Restaurant on August 21, 2013. It was my first time to attend this event and I tell ya it is phenomenal. There must have been like 40 women there. Eight women per table. Julie and I were in the front seat and so we got a real great view of the speaker. Pardini’s is like Picadilly Inn. It was my first time in that restaurant and I really enjoyed myself.
eWomen Network is nationwide. I didn’t know about this until I google them and did a little bit of research. I was trying to find the one here in Fresno, Central California to join their Facebook business page.
In additional to the feature speaker, a young entrepreneur Quincy Freeman shared her connection with Ariat Boots who hired her as their independent contractor. She designs her own boots, belts, and jewelries and endorse it herself. I think she is a great inspiration not only to us women entrepreneurs but also to a lot of young people her age. She actually graduated from San Luis Obispo University. And I believe she lives in San Diego, CA. Her parents lived here in Fresno, CA.
Here is our main speaker. And I already forgot her name. I cannot find her name on the eWomen’s website. And so my bad, I’m sorry. I thought I wrote her name but I must have tossed it out. Forgot about it. And why did I even do that?
It’s been so long since the last time I dressed like this for office. I mean being in the RT (Respiratory Therapy) program for that long and all we wear in school were scrubs, I’m out of touch. I don’t remember since the last time I bought a dress. I have very few dresses that I keep for church and they’re out of style. I really need a new wardrobe!
…and she definitely gave me something to think about my professional image.
Before the meeting at Pardini’s…
Julie and I met Nathan Moore from Linkedin at Pardini’s Cafe. We’ve been trying to get together now for quite sometime and guess this is a great chance to finally meet him. I would’ve invite him to come to Pardini’s banquet but it’s for women only. And so we got to talk for like an hour. He introduced his business to us. We introduced our business to him. Just FYI, he is an Independent Advisor and he helps most women entrepreneurs to get their feet back on the ground.
So here is Nathan’s business contact on my iPhone. Nathan told us about this exciting application “CardMunch” from Linkedin that you can download on your iPhone. It is a business card reader. All you do is take a picture of the business card thru CardMunch application, submit it and wait a few minutes, and CardMunch creates a profile of this person. Enters its name, the name of the company, website address, phone number, fax number, and email address ready to dial in just one click!
He was so full of enthusiasm about this application, some people thought this is what he was promoting. LOL. Anyway, he’s really a nice person and seems very easy to talk to. I’ve learned so much from this first meeting. I look forward to meet more people from Linkedin, locally here in Fresno area.
…and before I go to sleep, it’s 12:10 pm already and I’m still writing about this.
Before the luncheon began at Pardini’s, we each have to introduce ourselves. What kind of business we are in. What we need for the next 30-days. What we are excited about. So, here I was sitting contemplating what I was gonna say and all I could say to myself, “Lions, Tigers, and Bears…OH MY!!!” I was terribly nervous. I could feel my adrenalin going. My heart beating a hundred miles per hour.
But then I remember when I had to introduce myself to my patients for the first time. That was very nerve wrecking. Whether we like it or not, we are the actor and/or actress in our own real world. Sometimes we just have to act and depict a brave image that we’re okay. And that we know what we are talking about. Oh yeah…never show fear in front of your patient or they will lose their respect. Pretend that you’re cool, calm, and collected. Be a great actor!
So I said to myself, “I’m okay.” Rehearse a little bit in my mind what I have to say. Mind you, we each have to stand up and face everybody when we speak. I’m out of practice in public speaking.
I said, “I’m Angela McCall. I have been a graphic designer in Silicon Valley and San Joaquin Valley for 10 years. I have recently launch my business on January 2013 and I’m specializing in Web Design and Marketing. I’m excited about my new venture online, helping others in social media and blogging. And for the next 30-days, I need a new printer!” Anyway…
Everything went so well. The food was great. I had teriyaki chicken, rice-a-roni, and string beans! Julie had a vegetarian meal. Food was phenomenal. I love Pardini’s. I think I’m going back there again and take my girls for a cup of coffee and breakfast sometime. I love the atmosphere in the Cafe, which is another room besides the Banquet one.
Last, but not least, I met several women and I had a great time mingling. We exchanged business cards. I must have collected like 8 of them so far. A few of them asked me if I design logos. Some of them asked me if I help others who has a blog. And some inquired if I have special package. It’s wonderful. I have a great feeling that the road on eWomen Network will be running smoothly. I’m looking forward to our next meeting which will be on September 18th.