🌟 I recently had the pleasure of hosting Allison Guido, the dynamic force behind Almar Building and Remodeling, on the “Stop Shoulding All Over Yourself” podcast and believe me when I say if you feel like your networking efforts are going nowhere, this is a MUST LISTEN. Her journey and insights are a beacon for anyone seeking inspiration in networking and business growth.

You can check out the full episode on Buzzsprout or any podcast app here:

Allison’s story is a testament to the transformative power of networking, particularly in the South Shore’s vibrant business scene. Her experience spanning over two decades in the South Shore Women’s Business Network highlights the essence of effective networking – it’s not just about collecting contacts, but cultivating meaningful relationships. Allison’s approach, rooted in authenticity and a genuine desire to connect, resonates deeply with anyone looking to make a real impact in their professional circles.

🔑 Key Takeaways:

  • Embracing Growth: Allison’s journey from a tentative networker to a confident business leader is a blueprint for personal and professional evolution.
  • The Power of Community: Her commitment to the South Shore community illustrates the significance of local networks in nurturing business growth.

Our conversation delved into the nuances of networking, shedding light on how Allison navigated being an introvert in a space that demands extroversion. Her strategic approach to networking – aiming to meet new people, capture information, and follow up with genuine interactions – is a lesson in balancing professional objectives with personal authenticity.

🔍 Insights for Success:

  • Strategic Networking: Adopting a methodical approach to meet and connect with people can yield long-term benefits.
  • The Human Touch: Allison’s practice of sending handwritten notes to new contacts is a powerful reminder of the enduring value of personal gestures in the digital age.

Allison raised an important point about the aging demographic in the remodeling industry and the challenge of attracting younger talent. This conversation extends beyond just one sector, highlighting a universal challenge across various fields. How do we generate enthusiasm and draw in a new generation to sustain and innovate in our industries?

🏗️ Reflecting on the Future:

  • Promoting Industry Appeal: The conversation sparks a call to action for businesses to actively engage and attract younger generations.
  • Adapting to Change: Understanding and adapting to the evolving dynamics of the workforce is crucial for the longevity of any industry.

Our chat with Allison Guido wasn’t just a conversation; it was an exploration into the heart of effective networking. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or new to the scene, her story offers invaluable insights.

🎥 Don’t miss out on the extended discussion in our YouTube video embedded below. It’s a perfect complement to the podcast, offering deeper insights into Allison’s strategies and experiences

Join us in embracing the lessons from this enlightening conversation. Remember, networking is more than just exchanging business cards; it’s about building bridges that support, enrich, and elevate our professional journeys.

🌟 Stay connected, stay inspired, and let’s make the most of our networking opportunities, especially in the vibrant South Shore community!

Allison joined her family’s remodeling business full time in 2002. From the very start her goal has been to build a sell-able business. “I knew I was not going to be the one producing the remodels, so I had to come up with a plan to surround myself with people who could.” From an early age Allison’s parents instilled to always continue to learn – listen to Zig Ziglar tapes in the car on the way to work, including her in industry related conferences in college, and including her immediate in networking, Master Mind, and peer educational programs.

Allison believes that you shouldn’t reinvent the wheel and that we all have something to learn from each other no matter the size of your business or your industry. Married with a Business is another way for her to both spend quality time with Craig and help other couples running business avoid mistakes and find ways to make more money and take more time off together.

When not working on her remodeling company, Almar Building & Remodeling in Hanover Ma. Allison likes being with Craig and their two boys, helping with the Cub Scouts, Town Baseball, Reading, Hiking, and spending time with her friends (now that she has some time to do that).

By Minessa

With over 20 years of experience, Minessa Konecky has worked with small startups and hospital systems and academic centers in managing a variety of Federal, private and industry awards. They are comfortable with the entire life cycle of awards and have worked with investigators to secure and extend their research funding. They see themselves as the facilitators of the research business enterprise, and approach all solutions from that lens. Their passion is helping people find joy and fulfillment in their work using a human-centric approach to efficiency and optimization. They host of the Stop Shoulding All Over Yourself Podcast, and hold the position of Research Administration Process Improvement and Training Director at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Minessa takes great pride in their desi heritage and being a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. They live in their seaside cottage on unceded and occupied lands of the Wampanoag and Pokanoket people in Plymouth, MA with 3 dogs and their partner, Alex.