The Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated its annual Professionals Summit. The summit was presented by the Young Professionals Committee of the chamber at the Woods Services Training Center in Langhorne. The topic of this year’s event was “Networking and Social Presence.”
The summit began with a talk from senior trainer Larry Lowry of Farmers Insurance, who’s also a Dale Carnegie instructor. Lowry spoke to the power of changing yourself and the way you communicate, and how that change can positively impact your relationships in the professional world. With the techniques he provided, Lowry explained that anyone could master face-to-face interaction.
“By having the skills and confidence to meet someone and talk to them, it expands people’s networks and their perception of themselves,” Lowry said.
Following Lowry was a presentation on the power of LinkedIn from Byrnne Tillman, LinkedIn Whisperer and CEO, Social Sales Link. Tillman explained the evolution of LinkedIn. She showed the summit her own LinkedIn and guided them on how to beef up their profile. Tillman also shared secret LinkedIn techniques that she has acquired throughout her journey as the LinkedIn Whisperer.
Next at the summit was a panel of young professionals speaking to the importance of networking, both in-person and online. The panel was moderated by Woods Services’ director of policy and governmental relations, Kristen Erway-Farry. Panelists shared personal stories, highlighting how networking led to their success.
The final speaker at the summit was its keynote, Kyrus Keenan Westcott, the social media specialist at 1SEO Digital Marketing. The title of Westcott’s presentation was “Spreading Good Vibes & Positivity Through Your Professional Network.” Westcott was not afraid to get personal and share his story with the audience. He spoke to the relation of positivity and success as well as the impact positivity has on personal and professional relationships.
“When you’re proactive and you work hard to make yourself better and make the people around you better, it’s only uphill from there,” Westcott said.
Kim Solis, senior leader of merchandise at Sesame Place and chairman of the Young Professionals Committee, headed the planning of the event.
The Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce is a multifaceted, resourceful operation with a membership of more than 1,000 companies, representing a workforce of employees in the Lower Bucks and surrounding areas. What began in 1958 with a membership of approximately 200 has grown into a resource of information, branding, networking, marketing and advocacy, with more than 50 networking events per year.