Referral Trigger for the week of January 19th

Mining for gems

Four cheerful friends chatting while lunch in restaurant          


What is the best behind-the-scenes detective work you’ve done to prepare an introduction for a 7-Minute Presentation?
Do you have standard questions or do you think up new questions for each person?
Do you have a go-to tool, (a movie line, or finding something in common), that makes your preparation fun?

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5 Responses to Referral Trigger for the week of January 19th
  1. Jim Klun
    January 16, 2015 | 11:43 am

    Oh by all means I do try to be a little secretive. I want the person I am doing the introduction for to be happy and a little surprised about what is said in the introduction. The questions that are asked are never the same because each person is a little different and each person has different “likes” and “interests”. The introduction should to be tailored to that individual person. The best scenario is if the person that is receiving the introduction and I had lunch or coffee a few months ago and certain specific tidbits come up and they are used in the introduction. That usually brings a smile to their face because all of a sudden they remember our meeting from a few months ago.

  2. Mary Trapp
    January 16, 2015 | 1:14 pm

    When I am given the privilege of introducing a fellow Powercore member for their presentation, I like to consider how long they have been on the team, what events are currently happening in their lives and/or what time of the year it is. If the member is seasoned, most of us will know his “vital statistics”. Perhaps we are not so familiar with what family customs they practice. If it is Thanksgiving for example, do they like to have a big family gathering or join someone else. If they have a special event happening in their life~ new birth, wedding, promotion, whatever, I think it is fun to share in that celebration. There is always so many things to share about each and everyone of us likes to be honored. I find the this to be the perfect time to do just that!

  3. Scott Virani
    January 19, 2015 | 11:54 pm

    I like to begin my prep work for an Intro by preferably meeting for lunch or at least a coffee. However if the situation does not permit especially for the Presenters who are in their peak times or around the holidays, I respect the schedule of that member and send them questions via email. I review them and ask the Presenter to give me as much detail as possible in their answers.

    I like to tailor the questions I ask depending on the person being introduced. I want to keep it fresh and want to extract as much new information as possible that will help me and in turn the group find info that will help that person to become even more referable.

    I also want to know an overview on what the presentation will encompass, so that I can warm up the audience. But my far my most important role is to give well researched and accurate information about the presenter. In the hope that He/She can be calm and comfortable and in turn shine in there “Show Time”.

  4. Dr. Jim Hovey
    January 20, 2015 | 6:41 am

    The questions are the key to the tidbits you might come across for your introduction. I am generally interested in peoples lives so while asking garden variety questions you find opportunities for interesting rabbit holes that lead to the treasures. Being interested in advance is the key.

  5. LaToya Parker
    January 20, 2015 | 11:38 am

    To prepare for my introductions I do a little detective work online thru Google and LinkedIn. I also use the list of questions found on the the PowerCore website: IntroMinute Starter Questions. I like to meet with the team member ahead of time over coffee or through video chat.

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