I was on a business breakfast networking panel this morning hosted by Edmund Bogen of First Degree networking services.
First Degree is the only company of its kind which attacks business / career development from both sides - strategic planning & logical networking. This two-sided strategy is simple, yet effective. Our clients realize an increase in the velocity of introductions to high-probability lead sources.
The topic under discussion was the "Economic Outlook for 2010." Although cautious, the panel seemed to be optimistic (within a time frame of 2 to 3 years i.e. in 2010 will still be in crisis) while the audience of approximately forty networking tri-state area professionals was split between optimists and pessimists. The overwhelming concerns seemed to be the high unemployment numbers and the bad news yet to surface.
Fellow panelists included Michael Cohn of Atlantis Asset Management, an investment strategist with a real hedge, and Dr. Doug Hirschhorn, a popular motivational speaker, coach and consultant.
I generated several new leads and and thoroughly enjoyed the relatively modest gathering which was large enough to be diverse but small enough to be intimate.