Posts Tagged ‘networking’

Godfather Sit Downs – Uniquely Different

image003Have you ever walked into a room full of strangers and felt instantly right at home?

If you have, it is most likely thanks to someone there who possessed the innate ability to make everyone feel welcome. Some of the most successful people in business recognize the importance of relationships, and share an ability to connect others. One such person is our longtime friend Mark Wayman — also known as “The Godfather” of Las Vegas. As a successful entrepreneur who places high level executives in the casino, gaming, and tech industries, it’s fair to say that Mark is in the business of relationship building by connecting people. For over 15 years his concept of ‘having my friends meeting my new friends’ has proven to be very successful and entertaining.

“Relationships trump talent every day of the week,” says Wayman. “After attending events open to the public for years, and getting solicited non-stop, it occurred I might be able to come up with a better model. So I invited several of my clients with one purpose – for them to meet each other. And with exactly one rule – no soliciting.”

For 6+ years, RSJ has been sponsoring Mark’s events, known as the Godfather Sit Downs. These events are held in various cities throughout the year and attendance is by invitation only. It brings together a group of individuals from a variety of industries, who are hand selected by Mark to gather for the purpose of getting to know each other. Mark has a unique method – from invitation to implementation – of creating a unique experience to be enjoyed and remembered.

The purpose is not to promote or sell, but rather to get to know interesting people and learn about each other’s passions. Each guest is invited to share about who they are and what they are passionate about. What happens during this hour-long speed introduction is both interesting and enjoyable. Smiles and laughter fill the room and by the end of the event, strangers are no more.

Each time we attend a Godfather Sit Down, we meet amazing people who truly become friends. Mark’s approach to relationship building and the experience he so carefully plans and provides makes for a great way to meet new individuals Will they become clients? Will they refer clients? We don’t know. But we value and are thrilled to make these new connections, and proud to share them in common with our friend Mark. We always walk away from this event with a desire to connect others within our own circle.

What Mark has created with his sit down events is unique and memorable. He facilitates new relationships, while solidifying his reputation as an influencer and connector.

Visit our event section to learn more about this and other RSJ produced events and be sure to sign up for future RSJ events here.

Our 6th Annual CES Gathering Was Our Most Successful Yet

For the 6th year in a row, we hosted an executive event during CES at Roy’s Restaurant in Las Vegas. This year’s event was our most successful yet, with over 50 executives in attendance.

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It was an extraordinary mix of long-time friends of the firm and new faces. Our guests were treated to an afternoon of delicious food, signature cocktails and an opportunity to make new connections. The event was such a success, we extended it an extra two hours! For many it was their first time attending, and the feedback we’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive.

At any business event, it can be challenging for guests to get to know each other. We take pride in our ability to make introductions and get conversations started. This year’s “mysterious” get-to-know-you game helped get lots of people talking and was very well received.

Read about our creative way to help guests break the ice here.

As the hosts of this event, we were thrilled to have opened the door to great conversations, which we believe will lead to new business opportunities and long-lasting relationships for all those who attended. We are extremely happy to have been a part of that!

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See you next year!

Conversation Starters – How Clothespins Helped a Room Full of Influencers Break the Ice at our CES Gathering

Each time we plan an executive event, we face the challenge of how our guests will get to know each minipinsother. Tony, Brian and I like to shy away from traditional name tags, so we are always searching for fresh ideas that will initiate conversations between strangers. For this year’s CES Gathering, the stars aligned. We ALL came up with a similar concept that kept our guests guessing and we are thrilled to say it worked wonderfully!

We secretly identified each guest based on the number of times they have attended our CES event. There were three categories: those who’ve attended every CES event (six in all), those who’ve attended more than one, and newbies.

Now, we had to find “identifiers” that would work for our event. After a quick trip to the crafts store, we purchased mini clothespins in three colors. They were small enough so as not to be obtrusive, and they really got the conversations going. Most of our guests figured out the green pins (newbies), but the blue and white pins stumped them.

Upon arrival, each guest received a pin and were told only that they had something in common with others wearing the same color pin, and it was up to them to figure out what.

It was a fun way for our guests to mingle and very well-received! We will definitely be playing this game again.