The N’s – “Nada” or “Networking” with Sherry

Sep 28, 2013 No Comments by

The amazing thing about being part of Visit Londonderry is that I never know exactly where a week will lead. Even though I have lived here since the 60’s, grew up at Kendalwood Condos, taught at the High School, and raised my family here, each day I learn something special about our community. One thing is for sure, Londonderry is the best place to Live, Work and Play! Each week I will share with you some of the amazing businesses and things I have learned about Londonderry.

As life would have it, my new plan for writing to you about On The Road failed again this week. I had decided it would be much easier and probably, dear goodness, much better if I started writing a little each day, maybe each night after my Road had ended. Well here we are at 5am on Friday. I knew that would make my stories clearer, and I would not leave out parts that I wanted to tell you about! You know what I usually do each week, I make little “Freewrite” notes to myself in Word, and I go back and forth typing to you from those.

Again it is 5 am Friday morning; I hope you are still asleep! My big plan to follow through on this idea of making things better for both of us didn’t happen! You might say “Life got in the Way” another phrase I love. I just wish I could remember what got in my way! This week I didn’t type one word ahead, “Nada One.” (My friend Lana just called and I asked her how to spell Nada, she laughed and looked it up for me! Lana said it is Spanish for “nothing”, so I better get typing and see what happens.)

Networking as a title was not part of my plan either, but when I woke up this morning that’s what flashed into my head. It seems the one consistent thing along my road this week was the word “Networking.” I must have heard or used it at least 8 times, which I think is a little unusual. Dictionary.com defines:

NETWORKING as a supportive group of sharing information and services among people having a common interest.

At so many odd points this week, while I was on phone calls or talking in person I said “it’s all Networking”. My version of Networking is a little different. Networking to me is the impressions you make, the quality of work you do every time, the way you act with every person you encounter. I guess we could even say it goes back to that book and movie I told you about a few weeks back, 6 Degrees of Separation.

When I taught Career Education and Independent Living skills right here at our High School, I stressed Networking to every class. It is still the number one way that people find and keep their jobs! Did you know that? I bet you didn’t realize it. When I think back to each job I had through the years, “Networking” played apart. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! I had lots of credentials for what I wanted to do, but often without those positive people connections those diplomas may not take you as far as you think!

If you can stress anything to your kids, and start when they are young, I would say from Middle School up, talk to them about Networking.

Especially in today’s day and age, with everything being so public, be Careful, be Smart. Social networking is another thing and maybe we’ll end with that, but Networking, the good old fashioned kind needs to be understood. People to People, face to face, spreading the word, but remember it can go both ways, positive and negative.

Meredith and I were having a conversation this week and I must have said 3 times, “Honey it’s all Networking”. Think about each person you meet; find out what they do, who they might know and how you might be able to help each other down the Road! Remember it needs to be each person you meet. Never dismiss someone in what you might think is a lesser job because they might be related to the President of the company or be their confidant. You never know who might be connected to who or how.

I also said to Meredith a few times lately about college and the expense of it, “Sweetheart with everything you do, make sure you are getting your money’s worth for every college dollar you will spend.” Some of these “poor” kids will have debt beyond what we can fathom when they “graduate”, it wasn’t like that for most of us.

They need to get every bang for their college buck they possibly can. Not just taking classes a big total on the average of 15 hours a week! They need to be thinking about getting their money’s worth for the other 100 plus waking hours they have. Ask questions, meet people, internships, clubs, NETWORK! Some of the people you meet might be as valuable as the degree!

Now back to my Networking Road. Everywhere I go is because of Networking. I meant to tell you this a couple weeks ago, so I’m going to plop it in now, but even my dentist office Ahern and Nichols in Derry started because of Networking. A dear friend Jean Manley suggested I go to her dentist office. Networking! I went once, and next thing you know all 4 of us have been going there for 10 years. Sean Nichols gave me my two front teeth back, but that’s another story.

Anyway the last time I went for a cleaning I had a lovely hygienist named Liz Doucet! Dear Goodness, it was the best thorough cleaning of my life! The older we get those things mean so much. Liz conducted herself as though my cleaning was the most important cleaning she had ever done. I could tell that’s how she is with everyone. Thank You Liz, what a difference you made! (Oh just adding this in, Liz taught me that most of us use way to much toothpaste. Just a small amount is all you need!)

Now if you asked my daughter Mackensie she would say Kathy O’Connell is her favorite Hygienist! They have been together since Mack was a little girl. Mackensie even wrote an essay about Kathy and she won a laptop from Dr. Timmeny’s office! How great is that! If you think about many things in your life, I bet they started because of Networking too.

Remember to that networking can also be those times when we never would think of a connection being made. At our Elderly Affairs meeting, our Chairman Al Balastero, who is another “Good Man” in town, conducted our meeting beautifully, but suddenly part of our meeting led us into new businesses that he had recently met in the area up by our Senior Center.

Al mentioned a new auto repair shop and a place that offers $10 haircuts on the same street.

I had to meet Tom and Renee! You know I tend to pop in places and that is not always a good thing! As I walked through the open door of Complete Automotive Repair and Service, Tom was standing under a car with a wrench in hand! I thought for sure he would need to say, “Sorry this is not a good time,” but he was just as nice and helpful as could be. Tom told me repairing cars has been a hobby of his for years and like we always hear if you do what you enjoy you are blessed. Tom is a one man show. He has three sons that helped him paint and get ready to open his doors just a few weeks back. I wish you could have heard Tom talk about his love of New Hampshire, too. He would never leave the changing seasons, our mountains and lakes. Tom reminded me why we live here. Sometimes I forget. Side note, Tom was very involved in race cars years ago, how neat is that! We are lucky to have an expert to work on our cars right here in town!

From Tom’s I headed to Renee’s Top Chops but she was busy with a customer. Top Chops is the cutest name, it’s the cutest place and it’s located in what I call Old Londonderry. The shingle outside, another word I like Shingle, says Hair Cuts $10 How Great is that! I did get to say a quick hello to Renee and she is just as sweet as sweet can be! She takes appointments and walk-ins. I asked if she does anything else and she said waxing. My eyebrows were such mess, again! I asked how much brows would be and she said $8. Wow what a great price!

The next place I want to find is a dog groomer that doesn’t charge $35 and up! I guess one good thing about getting older is you really do say what you think more. Even though you know one of my favorite expressions that I believe I made up is, “Think it in your Head”.

I think $25 is reasonable for a pet. If anyone knows of someone I should contact and I would love to write about them too, please let me know. I think prices keep going up often because we allow them too. If we stop paying or go other places, Networking again, maybe prices will come down on many of these services.

As always I have run out of time and you will run out of interest if I keep going, but I want to leave you with something to think about and maybe share related to the new fangled Social Networking via the internet. I know we hear all the time that we need to warn our kids about what they put up on these social Networking sites, Facebook and others, but based on some of the things I’ve seen I really think many young people (and adults) don’t believe it. Many people believe once you remove something, you are home free but read on.

Meredith had to write a paper on the legal aspects of what we put online. It’s interesting and shocking all in one. We all need to be careful. The bottom line of Meredith’s paper was that just because you think you are pulling a picture or something off the internet, it is still there. You should never put anything up on any social networking site unless you would want it to be there FOREVER! Everything remains somewhere out there, I guess in cyberspace. Police are using this information as evidence to solve many crimes too. DELETE doesn’t mean delete the way you think it does! We are hearing of more and more people not getting jobs because employers are searching on line to see what the potential employee has really been up too! Be Careful Be Smart.

With A Grateful Heart and much Networking to do, Sherry<3

On the Road with Sherry

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Sherry has lived in Londonderry since the 1960's. Her mother was one of the first employees at Mr. Steer Meats. Sherry taught at the Londonderry High School for a number of years and spearheaded the first Career Education Class at the school. She has two daughters of her own with her husband John.
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