Are you a business owner - international or domestic - looking for ways to network online during the pandemic? How do you maintain connections with your employees and other professionals in these physically distanced times?
On this week’s show, Polina Bogdanovitch of the French-American Chamber of Commerce - New York will be my guest on Employment Law Today. We will discuss how her organization helped international businesses and their employees to stay connected this past year.
Tune in for this informative conversation at TalkRadio.nyc or watch the Facebook Livestream by clicking here.
Eric introduces his guest, a member of the French American Chamber of Commerce. Her role is to be in constant communication with members so that her team may facilitate connections between them. Eric happens to be a member of the organization. He found it to be very lively and welcoming. One of the challenges that she had during the pandemic is that her role was initially difficult to fulfil, there were no networking events to attend. They quickly had to find creative solutions in order to continue their work.
In order to adjust they, like many others, the FACC began hosting webinars. They quickly began to experience a “Zoom fatigue” as the reality set in that these events would become the new normal. Over time they even had less engagement with their events. With the help of other chambers, they have been able to pool together resources and host larger events with additional networks.
Eric and Polina talk about ways to reach your targeted audience and stay connected. Polina makes an effort to listen to what the network wants so that they can host events that cater to their specific needs. Eric notes that during in person events, it is easier to seek out connections with certain people at events whereas zoom events are to some extent impersonal. Through their engineering of these events, it adds that personal touch to it once again.
Moving forward as more people are getting vaccinated, Eric wonders how adjustments will be made. One of the new networking tactics that Polina says they will likely continue is facilitating email and online introductions between members. To learn more about the French American Chamber of Commerce, visit FACCNYC.org
00:00:38.670 --> 00:00:45.300 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Good evening, welcome to employment law today i'm your host erick solver i'm an employment law and business law attorney.
00:00:45.690 --> 00:00:51.930 Eric Sarver, Esq.: And i'm here every Tuesday night at 5pm with different guests and we talk about issues that affect and impact.
00:00:52.350 --> 00:01:07.920 Eric Sarver, Esq.: business owners and entrepreneurs, particularly during Cobra 19 and this pandemic and so tonight in the spirit of similar guests along those lines i'd like to welcome a special guest tonight polina bogdanovich polina welcome to the show.
00:01:08.340 --> 00:01:09.870 Polina Bogdanovitch: Thank you Eric thanks for having me.
00:01:10.170 --> 00:01:18.900 Eric Sarver, Esq.: it's great to have you on yeah for sure I think i'll just read your introduction, if I may, for audience can hear more about you and your organization and while you're here tonight.
00:01:19.530 --> 00:01:29.040 Eric Sarver, Esq.: So, as I mentioned polina is our guests, and she manages Member relations for the French American Chamber of Commerce New York.
00:01:29.400 --> 00:01:40.530 Eric Sarver, Esq.: where she works, hand in hand with entrepreneurs corporate executives and SMEs and young professionals forming the dynamic network of 900 French and American professionals.
00:01:40.980 --> 00:01:44.790 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Which i'm a Member and I can say it's a really fantastic organization so.
00:01:45.750 --> 00:01:53.880 Eric Sarver, Esq.: In the context of her role polina serves as a growth partner for French businesses seeking to enter or expand in the US market.
00:01:54.330 --> 00:02:06.060 Eric Sarver, Esq.: And she serves as a resource for US companies looking to grow, the European clientele by identifying synergies between Members and facilitating networking introductions and referrals.
00:02:07.080 --> 00:02:18.570 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Plenty of the French National living in the US, since 2012 and she has worked in the US and the UK, France and Argentina and speaks English, French, Spanish and Russian.
00:02:19.680 --> 00:02:24.660 Eric Sarver, Esq.: plane again impressive background and we're glad to have you glad to have in the show tonight, thank you very much.
00:02:25.320 --> 00:02:33.060 Eric Sarver, Esq.: All right, sure thing so maybe i'll jump into a description of our topic, and then we can get some questions and have a discussion.
00:02:33.570 --> 00:02:44.820 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Around that topic so topic tonight is networking and the time coded and we're really talking about that, with the coven 19 pandemics don't present.
00:02:45.180 --> 00:02:55.380 Eric Sarver, Esq.: lot of entrepreneurs and business owners are struggling the loss of facetime in front of their colleagues or clients, they are even their employees and their prospective clients and customers.
00:02:55.830 --> 00:03:04.140 Eric Sarver, Esq.: And so the question becomes, how do you stay connected with your professional network and maintain a remainder of being relevant and top of mind.
00:03:04.800 --> 00:03:14.400 Eric Sarver, Esq.: How do you do sell when you can't have face to face meetings or host live events in a certain space, a conference room your office so it's a question of really.
00:03:14.850 --> 00:03:22.290 Eric Sarver, Esq.: How to pivot and what organizations can do to help their members to connect and so in that spirit.
00:03:22.710 --> 00:03:29.370 Eric Sarver, Esq.: polina will talk about the French American Chamber of Commerce in New York, French and how they've addressed this topic.
00:03:29.730 --> 00:03:38.280 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Specifically, how her Organization has helped the Members, which include international businesses and their employees to stay connected this past year.
00:03:39.150 --> 00:03:49.230 Eric Sarver, Esq.: It should be a viable show for anyone seeking tips on networking and tips on connecting through social media and other online mediums during these often isolated times.
00:03:50.070 --> 00:03:59.520 Eric Sarver, Esq.: So polina I thought I might ask you a starting Question if you can just tell, I guess, a little bit more about yourself and about the French American Chamber of Commerce.
00:04:00.240 --> 00:04:11.100 Polina Bogdanovitch: yeah absolutely Thank you so much Eric for this introduction and again for having me on the show so as I mentioned i'm pulling up, but then of hmm the Member relations manager of the French American Chamber of Commerce.
00:04:11.580 --> 00:04:27.000 Polina Bogdanovitch: For the New York chapter of the Chamber so to begin with the French American Chamber of Commerce, which we also call FA CC New York for shorts is a 501 C six nonprofit organization.
00:04:27.390 --> 00:04:43.410 Polina Bogdanovitch: And our mission, broadly speaking, is to facilitate is to develop economic and commercial partnerships between France and the United States and their respective business communities beer, a very unique organization.
00:04:44.010 --> 00:04:55.920 Polina Bogdanovitch: in the sense that we are truly binational so as you would know Eric as a member we're not you know community of of French expatriates in the US, we truly are here to foster.
00:04:56.460 --> 00:05:09.990 Polina Bogdanovitch: mutually beneficial partnerships between French and American organizations so about 60% of our Members are French nationals in the US, but the remainder, you know about 40% are American companies emerging organizations.
00:05:10.620 --> 00:05:23.160 Polina Bogdanovitch: And we are a very unique, also in the sense that we are such a diverse network when it comes to the sectors represented when it comes to the seniority levels, the size of organizations.
00:05:23.880 --> 00:05:27.690 Polina Bogdanovitch: You know we're historically the Chamber has been around since I think.
00:05:28.080 --> 00:05:39.960 Polina Bogdanovitch: 1895 or something like that it's a husband a while historically obviously we've had a very strong presence in sectors like banking and finance luxury fashion and beauty, obviously with strong ties to.
00:05:40.920 --> 00:05:49.800 Polina Bogdanovitch: French organizations in those sectors but uh you know the currents of stage where we've really diversified and have also very strong foothold in.
00:05:51.030 --> 00:05:58.050 Polina Bogdanovitch: You know, a food and beverage food beverage spirits technology sustainability.
00:05:59.130 --> 00:06:10.680 Polina Bogdanovitch: HR so a again a very large numbers of sectors and our Members really range from large organization so large banks do large you know French companies that you might think, have to own up.
00:06:11.220 --> 00:06:27.030 Polina Bogdanovitch: To entrepreneurs startups service providers, many of which have a true like Eric himself experienced and supporting international organizations that are looking to grow their US activities and to do so with you know the best.
00:06:27.570 --> 00:06:37.830 Polina Bogdanovitch: The best approach, and you know minimize their risk so know and we'll get to it and i'm guessing in the with your next questions Eric but the challenge for us.
00:06:38.190 --> 00:06:44.640 Polina Bogdanovitch: During these epidemic times has really been to engage all those different buckets within.
00:06:45.120 --> 00:06:54.420 Polina Bogdanovitch: Within our membership, whether they be you know young professionals large corporates startup founders and across all sectors and ensure.
00:06:54.750 --> 00:07:03.720 Polina Bogdanovitch: We were aware of their objectives and ensure we were you know they those organizations were best equipped to again, you know facilitate their their growth.
00:07:05.040 --> 00:07:12.390 Polina Bogdanovitch: So that's for for the Chamber in terms of my role as a you know the Member relations manager I were many, many hats, but primarily.
00:07:12.750 --> 00:07:26.310 Polina Bogdanovitch: i'm responsible for being the main point of contacts offering network so, whether it be again new companies that just entered us or just became aware of the organization or you know, with some of our Members that have been.
00:07:27.360 --> 00:07:40.920 Polina Bogdanovitch: Part of the Chamber for 30 4050 plus years, so my role is to be in you know, nearly constant communication with them and be aware again of their goals of their challenges of their unique areas of expertise.
00:07:41.760 --> 00:07:53.340 Polina Bogdanovitch: To again port for myself and the team to be able to facilitate to identify and facilitate synergies within the Community, via introductions via networking events.
00:07:54.180 --> 00:08:04.230 Polina Bogdanovitch: By allowing them to share their expertise throughout the network with the difference, you know again the thought leadership events and articles that we publish on their behalf.
00:08:05.310 --> 00:08:07.860 Polina Bogdanovitch: So that's for my role here at the FCC.
00:08:08.460 --> 00:08:13.710 Eric Sarver, Esq.: yeah yeah I mean it's really in depth there what you said you know I hear a lot of things in the.
00:08:14.280 --> 00:08:23.550 Eric Sarver, Esq.: description which sound accurate to me in terms of my experience of the member of the last couple years and maybe a year and it's actually been about a year and a half or less but.
00:08:23.910 --> 00:08:31.440 Eric Sarver, Esq.: um what I hear is a certainly a very, very big boat right it's the big enough for people to be members and, as you said, not just.
00:08:32.100 --> 00:08:41.370 Eric Sarver, Esq.: French companies or French nationals or French owners or rather people of all different backgrounds and different national origins and.
00:08:42.090 --> 00:08:45.720 Eric Sarver, Esq.: People from different countries and also people right here in the US.
00:08:46.500 --> 00:08:55.230 Eric Sarver, Esq.: You mentioned a wide array of people in terms of Members who have large companies, small business and then I have noticed as well that.
00:08:55.620 --> 00:09:06.390 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Industry wise pretty broad you've got your entrepreneurs you've got the food and beverage component that you mentioned so for those listening tonight that might be interested in having a possible.
00:09:07.170 --> 00:09:15.360 Eric Sarver, Esq.: nother networking group to join it's a good organization, you know it's kind of funny I I when I joined the organization.
00:09:15.930 --> 00:09:23.520 Eric Sarver, Esq.: I had a few colleagues who were French and or French American business owners and they invited me to a couple of events and.
00:09:24.060 --> 00:09:36.090 Eric Sarver, Esq.: I found that it was very welcoming and very certainly lively and very organized and I also found that my introductions a couple of times, people who met me my last name is sarver.
00:09:36.960 --> 00:09:47.850 Eric Sarver, Esq.: But sometimes it gets misspelled SA ar ar s a Var which could be a French name, so I think people thought I was French coming to it, but you know it was it's easily.
00:09:48.420 --> 00:09:53.850 Eric Sarver, Esq.: an organization that really is very welcoming and you know your role, of course, is very instrument, and I know that.
00:09:54.570 --> 00:10:02.040 Eric Sarver, Esq.: In in my time is Member I we've interacted you know you've reached out to make introductions so so good to hear that background.
00:10:02.430 --> 00:10:09.570 Eric Sarver, Esq.: I think that's important, I think, for our listeners, and I think it definitely feeds into the rest of our questions and our discussion this evening.
00:10:09.930 --> 00:10:30.120 Eric Sarver, Esq.: And mainly about the challenges that you know the the FAA ccny is faced with dependent, so I wanted to ask you what were some of the biggest challenges that you face as an organization and even you, as the Member relations manager in the spring of 2020.
00:10:31.650 --> 00:10:42.870 Polina Bogdanovitch: Well, thank you that's that's a really good question and I think you know my answer would be very, very surprising and, as you might expect, you know the shift to virtual when we used to be.
00:10:43.230 --> 00:10:56.070 Polina Bogdanovitch: Such a face to face, you know events based community has been a huge challenge, because we want to continue to serve our network, and we want to continue ensuring our Members.
00:10:56.460 --> 00:11:16.740 Polina Bogdanovitch: Still benefits from you know introductions still can still you know leverage network to fulfill those goals, but you know how to do that without being able to meet with and to connect with you know their peers and with potential prospects and shake hands, and you know.
00:11:17.760 --> 00:11:24.960 Polina Bogdanovitch: Talk business over a cocktail like it's obviously a lot more difficult to do well in a via an email conversation so.
00:11:25.500 --> 00:11:34.530 Polina Bogdanovitch: there's definitely been a very strong challenge for us, especially, as you know, we had been we had become so active with face to face events you would.
00:11:34.830 --> 00:11:43.380 Polina Bogdanovitch: probably know Eric as you were involved in over the past few years, but in 2019 I believe we had about 15 face to face events so almost one per week.
00:11:44.400 --> 00:11:49.410 Polina Bogdanovitch: Again, you know different events serving different purposes, not old were relevant for everyone, but you know.
00:11:49.650 --> 00:12:01.140 Polina Bogdanovitch: We were extremely active so it's definitely been you know, a a big task for us and I actually joined the Chamber in May, so right in the midst of the lockdown and this transition.
00:12:02.070 --> 00:12:18.630 Polina Bogdanovitch: it's been a really important challenge for us to be able to continue engaging the Community, so we always had a very much hands on approach, and you know my predecessors were always very you know engage directly with our members and.
00:12:18.720 --> 00:12:24.210 Polina Bogdanovitch: reaching out constantly and there was still you know a lot of phone calls going on and a lot of email conversations, but.
00:12:24.930 --> 00:12:37.890 Polina Bogdanovitch: We weren't as needed previously it to be, you know facilitators of networking, or to be connectors we would put together this great events and our events team has always done, you know, a wonderful job, but you know we would.
00:12:38.340 --> 00:12:43.410 Polina Bogdanovitch: be mainly responsible for coming up with a topic that would bring you know the right audience.
00:12:43.950 --> 00:13:00.090 Polina Bogdanovitch: together and with you know choosing venues that would again, you know, lead to facility to networking, but it wasn't so much for us to grow up to deploy face to face events and ask them, you know core you're here to me, let me introduce you to someone those things would happen, naturally.
00:13:00.510 --> 00:13:01.080 Polina Bogdanovitch: Now.
00:13:01.620 --> 00:13:05.730 Polina Bogdanovitch: You know that this hasn't been possible for over a year now.
00:13:05.940 --> 00:13:17.310 Polina Bogdanovitch: it's really you know, a key priority for us to proactively reach to reach out to all of our Members and, as you mentioned earlier, we had nearly 900 again from.
00:13:17.610 --> 00:13:27.030 Polina Bogdanovitch: A lot of different backgrounds different industries different you know seniority levels and truly ensure we have those conversations were well aware of their challenges the priorities.
00:13:27.360 --> 00:13:36.270 Polina Bogdanovitch: What they're looking to get out of this network to then see what would be the best way for them to to achieve it, because for some he wouldn't be a direct email introduction.
00:13:36.690 --> 00:13:46.800 Polina Bogdanovitch: For saw me would be you know simply them sharing their expertise via you know webinar or an article so that's that's really been a key challenge you know.
00:13:47.280 --> 00:14:00.330 Polina Bogdanovitch: Doing that outreach doing it, you know appropriately and getting the right information from from our Member organizations remember individuals to ensure you know we we can identify and facilitate of synergies.
00:14:00.960 --> 00:14:05.610 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Yes, I mean there's a lot there right, I think there are the challenges.
00:14:06.360 --> 00:14:10.950 Eric Sarver, Esq.: you're having in person events are no longer happening and trying to get members to.
00:14:11.310 --> 00:14:22.260 Eric Sarver, Esq.: connect and I think, as you mentioned, it sounds like there's more of an actor for required a role required from you, because in the past, you can get the venue you can get the music set and.
00:14:22.650 --> 00:14:25.980 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Have the food and the cocktails Whatever the case may be, and people can sort of.
00:14:26.970 --> 00:14:34.260 Eric Sarver, Esq.: create the energy on their own and now with everyone being isolated, you have to kind of create that energy for them or sort of.
00:14:34.770 --> 00:14:39.600 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Not so much created for them, but really facilitated more and i'd like to.
00:14:40.020 --> 00:14:46.590 Eric Sarver, Esq.: really address the topic of you polina we do have to take our first commercial break but we'll be back and we'll address it so.
00:14:46.920 --> 00:14:54.210 Eric Sarver, Esq.: For those joining us late tonight, or those just tuning in i'm Eric sovereign an employment law business law attorney and the host of this.
00:14:54.810 --> 00:15:05.910 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Show employment law today i'm here with my guest tonight polina and bogdanovich from the French American Chamber of Commerce so stick around we'll be right back.
00:18:02.610 --> 00:18:14.400 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Welcome back to employment law today i'm your host erick solver here tonight with my special guest is polina bogdanovich from the French American Chamber of Commerce in New York chapter.
00:18:15.600 --> 00:18:22.350 Eric Sarver, Esq.: which, as I mentioned, full disclosure i'm a member so i'm biased in favor of them I speak highly of them I think they're really a great organization.
00:18:23.220 --> 00:18:30.270 Eric Sarver, Esq.: You know, when I was thinking on the break about how some of the challenges that you described inscribed for the FCC.
00:18:31.020 --> 00:18:40.800 Eric Sarver, Esq.: pivoting to virtual events, creating that foster that environment of inclusiveness thinking really be something that a lot of business owners out there, I can relate to in terms of their own.
00:18:41.580 --> 00:18:51.180 Eric Sarver, Esq.: connections, they might make with their colleagues or their clientele so so it's really good i'd love to explore more of that with you, I was wondering about you mentioned.
00:18:51.690 --> 00:19:05.280 Eric Sarver, Esq.: pivoting transitioning to a virtual networking events and wondering if you can walk us through like say the first few months the the process of making that pivot what it was like for you as it as an agency organization.
00:19:06.420 --> 00:19:18.690 Polina Bogdanovitch: Well, it was a lot of trial and error, let me tell you that I think you know in in March, when the covert hits and we started working remotely and obviously face to face events where it's a.
00:19:19.290 --> 00:19:27.540 Polina Bogdanovitch: Possibility anymore yeah we we did what everyone else you know started doing and we started hosting webinars and we had.
00:19:28.020 --> 00:19:41.760 Polina Bogdanovitch: Many, many, as you know yourself Eric you know we have amazing sets of expertise within the network, whether it be you know law or CPA a's or you know have.
00:19:42.570 --> 00:19:58.440 Polina Bogdanovitch: A notable organizations, diversity and inclusion topics, so there were many Members that you know volunteer to host those events hostess webinars that volunteer topics and so that was amazing content to provide for for our Members.
00:19:59.160 --> 00:20:04.410 Polina Bogdanovitch: However, as i'm sure we've everyone listening to this show probably experienced.
00:20:05.070 --> 00:20:16.800 Polina Bogdanovitch: there's you know the zoom fatigue really started settling in and it became more and more difficult for us to you know, be able to ensure.
00:20:17.280 --> 00:20:22.470 Polina Bogdanovitch: Strong returns for you the Member organizations speaking and sharing their expertise.
00:20:23.430 --> 00:20:34.170 Polina Bogdanovitch: For us as well, in terms of you know we're we're nonprofit we're a team of eight, so it all resources or so, you know limited when it comes to planning, so we do need to make sure we're putting you know.
00:20:34.530 --> 00:20:45.930 Polina Bogdanovitch: or efforts in in sort of the rights, you know, in the right direction, so that's that's how it started and we've started noticing, unfortunately, you know.
00:20:46.260 --> 00:20:52.710 Polina Bogdanovitch: A drop every week we had you know less and less engagements with our webinars.
00:20:53.430 --> 00:21:01.290 Polina Bogdanovitch: which you know we isn't isn't common for Members, because they are very engaged individuals and very proactive and they are here to network so.
00:21:01.770 --> 00:21:12.480 Polina Bogdanovitch: You know that's that's when we started thinking okay this clearly cool but it's here to stay, because I think we were all pretty optimistic at first, you know you know comes the summer, will start having events again.
00:21:13.470 --> 00:21:28.140 Polina Bogdanovitch: to pause you know towards you know late last spring and really think of what we're trying to achieve what our Members once it and and and how to you know, a director efforts, you know accordingly.
00:21:28.560 --> 00:21:32.460 Eric Sarver, Esq.: hmm you know it's a good point you made clean about the.
00:21:33.360 --> 00:21:44.820 Eric Sarver, Esq.: zoom fatigue setting in, and I think that's something that I think a lot of Members here can relate to, or people listening members of the of the FCC but also our get our audience tonight, listening to our speak.
00:21:45.510 --> 00:21:54.060 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Certainly, and you're right, I think, as it started out, I think the challenge of thinking, this might be just a couple months right maybe three months, and then.
00:21:54.690 --> 00:21:57.960 Eric Sarver, Esq.: realizing that they hear you say that is a long term.
00:21:58.800 --> 00:22:08.790 Eric Sarver, Esq.: situation as we're still evidenced by the fact that we're still in it right now we're still having this conversation, you and I are speaking on zoom and not in person in the studio so.
00:22:09.240 --> 00:22:24.450 Eric Sarver, Esq.: You know, good to hear that I mean, I must say I was impressed, as a member, when in May, I think, was late may of 2020 so 11 months ago but feels like living years ago or yesterday hard to tell right with coven.
00:22:25.650 --> 00:22:32.700 Eric Sarver, Esq.: That you had the ripple event sort of coordinate with other organizations and what you know what struck me about it was that.
00:22:33.120 --> 00:22:41.040 Eric Sarver, Esq.: There was a very much like a process involved it wasn't just throwing everyone together with a zoom password never one talks, it was.
00:22:41.400 --> 00:22:55.320 Eric Sarver, Esq.: There was a whole setting up or profiles and sort of whom do you want to meet and what you offer and so people would connect before the event and then on the event and afterwards, so you know, I think that was a good.
00:22:56.220 --> 00:23:09.030 Eric Sarver, Esq.: example of how you guys were able to pivot and and also keep Members engaged, instead of just having like an event like okay we're going virtual without you know, so you had this whole we're really getting up to it.
00:23:10.050 --> 00:23:19.770 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Were you there for the ripple event, and if you weren't, can you tell us a little bit about you know what what were some of the success measures of of it, but how would your thoughts about it, but it was over.
00:23:20.280 --> 00:23:28.170 Polina Bogdanovitch: yeah absolutely and it's great to hear that a positive feedback on that event it's been like like you said very well.
00:23:28.500 --> 00:23:41.580 Polina Bogdanovitch: received and very appreciative our members and we've had a four editions since May 2020, so I think that can that you know testifies to the success of that initiative, so I think that happened around the time when we started, you know.
00:23:42.120 --> 00:23:47.430 Polina Bogdanovitch: rethinking or approach to content and events for sure.
00:23:47.760 --> 00:23:55.710 Polina Bogdanovitch: And one lesson we really reloaded so as mentioned earlier, you know we are pretty small organizations, chambers of commerce are typically nonprofits you know but.
00:23:55.950 --> 00:24:07.230 Polina Bogdanovitch: I think we have a staff of eight at the moment, and that is big for Chamber often it's just you know one or two individuals, sometimes hard time managing those activities, so the ripple is a.
00:24:07.620 --> 00:24:16.620 Polina Bogdanovitch: wonderful example of all US pooling resources, together with some of our partner organizations to again for the benefits.
00:24:16.920 --> 00:24:26.580 Polina Bogdanovitch: Of all of our communities and a full four members, so the ripple was networking event was organized in partnership with about 15 to 20 depending on.
00:24:26.880 --> 00:24:36.270 Polina Bogdanovitch: I think the first one, there might have been 10 to 15 partners, but now a few more have gotten on board and and those partners, whether we're other European, American.
00:24:36.840 --> 00:24:46.590 Polina Bogdanovitch: chambers in the US, actually, I cannot take the credit for it was an idea of the Belgian Chamber if i'm not mistaken bell champ or also wonderful organization.
00:24:47.640 --> 00:24:55.320 Polina Bogdanovitch: And they reached out to a number of partners work quite closely with those organizations and we're all facing the same challenge, you know how do we engage our Community.
00:24:55.650 --> 00:25:07.500 Polina Bogdanovitch: And again, you know we are truly a by national network, but our Members are not limited, you know, a French company that comes here they're not only here to do business with other French realisations you know they.
00:25:08.100 --> 00:25:16.110 Polina Bogdanovitch: They can have potential clients that are other European multinationals again other American organizations they're not necessarily directly affiliated with us.
00:25:16.470 --> 00:25:17.730 Polina Bogdanovitch: So this networking event.
00:25:17.760 --> 00:25:28.290 Polina Bogdanovitch: was a wonderful platform for our Members, to again broaden their reach and not be limited to you know our network and it provided something that actually.
00:25:28.950 --> 00:25:37.050 Polina Bogdanovitch: didn't have at a past, you know face to face events where you can't bring there's only so many people, you can you can bring in together.
00:25:37.440 --> 00:25:49.530 Polina Bogdanovitch: And so, to answer your question in terms of the process, we were you know very blessed, I guess, with a great technology platform called a conversation starter.
00:25:50.070 --> 00:26:00.240 Polina Bogdanovitch: which really facilitated an automated a lot of things for us because that really has been key for us, you know automating as much as possible, bearing in mind, of course, you know.
00:26:00.540 --> 00:26:08.220 Polina Bogdanovitch: Our resources as well and, again, working together with other organizations to help us with the promotion, with the implementation of the Platform.
00:26:08.610 --> 00:26:17.970 Polina Bogdanovitch: And, and so forth, so he was, you know as straightforward as possible for our Members completing their profile, as you might remember.
00:26:18.300 --> 00:26:22.530 Polina Bogdanovitch: From the event the conversation started platform is quite interesting because members could.
00:26:23.010 --> 00:26:34.200 Polina Bogdanovitch: Not only include you know the basic description, but it really was around what they're here to offer and what they're here to ask for over to to get.
00:26:34.590 --> 00:26:40.020 Polina Bogdanovitch: And there was quite an interesting way will thought to, for you know people to identify each other.
00:26:40.560 --> 00:26:52.350 Polina Bogdanovitch: identify potential contacts and it really wasn't a speed that almost feed networking formats with 12 minutes slots for for Members to connect to one another again giving them the opportunity to.
00:26:52.710 --> 00:26:59.430 Polina Bogdanovitch: You know, truly start conversations with a with the right people, but at the same time it's also you know.
00:26:59.880 --> 00:27:03.660 Polina Bogdanovitch: be able to jump from you know different conversations and.
00:27:03.990 --> 00:27:12.240 Polina Bogdanovitch: interact with a variety of individuals so again very successful initiative and because i've mentioned earlier, you know a lot of trial and error and a lot of hesitation.
00:27:12.570 --> 00:27:21.120 Polina Bogdanovitch: The event in May was such a success we weren't sure you know that we were going to continue doing that, but it was a wonderful success we collected members feedback afterwards.
00:27:21.420 --> 00:27:25.080 Polina Bogdanovitch: We made some improvements, for you know future initiatives, but overall we've.
00:27:25.560 --> 00:27:34.920 Polina Bogdanovitch: we've continued having such initiatives with the other chambers, with the ripple but, and I can get to to that in a minute, but we've also done since our own.
00:27:35.580 --> 00:27:44.940 Polina Bogdanovitch: Virtual initiatives just you know for the FCC network for a specific sector is for new members and we've learned from that a great deal for sure.
00:27:45.450 --> 00:27:54.720 Eric Sarver, Esq.: yeah well, I mean, I want to, if I may go back some of these had very interesting clean I wanna I didn't want our audience to miss visit but i'm well, thank you, by the way for that you know, really.
00:27:55.230 --> 00:28:00.030 Eric Sarver, Esq.: in depth description of the event and also the challenges you faced and the way you met them, you know.
00:28:00.540 --> 00:28:06.990 Eric Sarver, Esq.: I heard a couple of times you're talking about right, you talked about the neat view pulled together resources and there are other partners involved.
00:28:07.380 --> 00:28:19.470 Eric Sarver, Esq.: And you know I think that's a theme that a lot of companies can relate to in terms of you know it takes more resources to to make different events to make workshops with networking happen.
00:28:20.310 --> 00:28:29.040 Eric Sarver, Esq.: And also, it seems to me that you know one thing I observed well from what you said and also when I observed as a as an investment in that actual event.
00:28:29.730 --> 00:28:39.990 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Was that with the virtual aspect of things with this pandemic, you can actually sort of Arc engineer connections in ways that.
00:28:40.710 --> 00:28:53.040 Eric Sarver, Esq.: You don't always do when you have a live events like, for example, you mentioned the software, the program the introductions starter, where people can put down what they want and what they need, and whom are looking for.
00:28:54.150 --> 00:29:00.510 Eric Sarver, Esq.: So I think it's important you know because I think one of the reasons I thought this would be a great show is not just in terms of.
00:29:00.990 --> 00:29:12.630 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Our audience of business owners can hear that there's a good networking slash organization to attend, but also, they can learn lessons like if they're having a trouble.
00:29:13.590 --> 00:29:23.850 Eric Sarver, Esq.: connecting with their clients or their prospects or their employees, you know what lessons can we learn from another entity like yours that did it successfully.
00:29:24.750 --> 00:29:33.870 Eric Sarver, Esq.: So just some thoughts there and I know we have definitely want to ask you some more questions about this topic, we do have to take our second commercial break so.
00:29:34.350 --> 00:29:38.340 Eric Sarver, Esq.: i'll just note again you're listening to you talk radio nyc.
00:29:39.090 --> 00:29:45.630 Eric Sarver, Esq.: To employment law today i'm your host erick solver employment law business law attorney representing employees and management.
00:29:45.990 --> 00:29:55.230 Eric Sarver, Esq.: And i'm here with my guest tonight happy that polina by benefits from the French American Chamber of Commerce in New York so stick around and we'll be right back.
00:32:42.690 --> 00:32:55.050 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Welcome back to employment law today i'm your host erick solver here, as I mentioned, with polina bogdanovich from the French American Chamber of Commerce cleaner welcome back good to have you on the show tonight.
00:32:55.440 --> 00:33:06.870 Eric Sarver, Esq.: In here yeah you know we're talking about right the ways in which your organization change and pivoted that's what i'm hearing for you what we're talking about tonight.
00:33:07.350 --> 00:33:17.550 Eric Sarver, Esq.: During code, you know you had all these Members and a lot of live events that was a big I know staple of your organization live networking live workshops live.
00:33:18.120 --> 00:33:24.510 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Member presentations and breakfasts and lunches and I remember my first breakfast when I was reminded that.
00:33:25.020 --> 00:33:33.030 Eric Sarver, Esq.: In French cultured breakfast is often a small meal man, a big hearty meal, so I came super hungry to this breakfast event and.
00:33:33.990 --> 00:33:52.680 Eric Sarver, Esq.: But you know I left very satisfied, I mean both like satiated from the food they had and also just you know with with the connection that I remember a sense of there was a an organization about the event and there was clearly a very welcoming component, you know from the FCC sees.
00:33:54.270 --> 00:34:12.690 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Staff and personnel, and so I guess, one thing I wonder is, can you if for audience, the same tonight, how would you describe like ways that they can make their virtual events more welcoming you know how could they make it more of a sort of a personal touch.
00:34:14.010 --> 00:34:24.180 Polina Bogdanovitch: Absolutely, well, I would recommend just, of course, you know it sounds like a no brainer but knowing your audience so knowing I mean that's particularly important for.
00:34:24.600 --> 00:34:40.500 Polina Bogdanovitch: us at the Chamber because, as mentioned when we started this this episode of the podcast we are a very, very diverse Community off again 900 Members, you know various sectors represented whether various you know levels of seniority so.
00:34:41.760 --> 00:34:51.750 Polina Bogdanovitch: An event that will you know be engaging and be a positive experience, for you know the CEO of a fortune 500 you know financial organization.
00:34:51.960 --> 00:35:01.560 Polina Bogdanovitch: will necessarily be something that will interest, a young professional with you know five years of experience in the food and beverage industry looking for a new opportunity.
00:35:02.550 --> 00:35:10.050 Polina Bogdanovitch: that's you know, been really, really key for myself and the team I work really closely with our communications and events department, of course.
00:35:10.500 --> 00:35:19.080 Polina Bogdanovitch: And, and you know, putting together initiatives and that's really what has been you know the bulk of our work in this transition to virtual.
00:35:19.950 --> 00:35:29.490 Polina Bogdanovitch: You know, listening to what the network once and putting you know, creating initiatives to ensure the different areas of interests.
00:35:29.910 --> 00:35:35.010 Polina Bogdanovitch: Are you know represented and again that can be in terms of content that can be in terms of formats.
00:35:35.610 --> 00:35:49.170 Polina Bogdanovitch: Senior Level executives, for example, would be more comfortable in you know invitation only smaller sort of virtual round table type of events which which started which we've launched actually in January this year and i've been really successful.
00:35:49.800 --> 00:35:58.290 Polina Bogdanovitch: we're in the you know, a smaller group presentation only with executive leaders, it can be in a specific industry and the most recent one that we have was what.
00:35:58.590 --> 00:36:05.340 Polina Bogdanovitch: We had was more general but, again, you know for CEO CFO C level executives, and you know.
00:36:06.150 --> 00:36:15.480 Polina Bogdanovitch: It was simply a more you know comfortable way for those individuals to truly interact to share their challenges to directly ask questions.
00:36:16.110 --> 00:36:20.310 Polina Bogdanovitch: To you know the to the Member that was presenting.
00:36:21.210 --> 00:36:28.920 Polina Bogdanovitch: So that's you know something that has been very successful and those individuals wouldn't necessarily be the ones, for example, there can be exceptions, but, as you may have noticed that.
00:36:29.490 --> 00:36:40.260 Polina Bogdanovitch: Sure networking events, open to all the ripple it's not typically you know those sort of profiles that wouldn't necessarily attend so in our outreach when it comes to specific events we do.
00:36:41.010 --> 00:36:52.590 Polina Bogdanovitch: Work on a lot of you know, a targeted basis to ensure you know Members know why they're being invited, because it is particularly relevant to the challenges they're facing to their industry.
00:36:52.950 --> 00:36:57.510 Polina Bogdanovitch: To their job functions for having an event, for example, for you know HR professionals.
00:36:58.080 --> 00:37:01.500 Polina Bogdanovitch: So really isn't the approach you know we thought of you, we thought of you know.
00:37:01.710 --> 00:37:12.990 Polina Bogdanovitch: what's key in your industry what's a key challenge, and you know here's an opportunity to discuss with your peers or to hear from your peers depending on you know whether it is a content or more for networking initiative.
00:37:13.530 --> 00:37:26.910 Eric Sarver, Esq.: hmm you know that's I think like can hit you hit the nail on the head for me in terms of what you're saying there about tailoring your invitations tailoring your events to the people whom you know might be best most responsive.
00:37:28.080 --> 00:37:36.420 Eric Sarver, Esq.: You know the examples you gave about to the CEOs and what are their needs, their wants and how could you have an event that's more small invite only.
00:37:37.260 --> 00:37:45.330 Eric Sarver, Esq.: sort of upscale and then maybe you have a certain lively or fun event for the younger or newer Members to be to be a part of.
00:37:45.990 --> 00:37:52.620 Eric Sarver, Esq.: I mean it really to me, I think you know, probably speaks about the something that I think our audience can take a lesson from.
00:37:53.010 --> 00:38:01.020 Eric Sarver, Esq.: In terms of when you have a zoom event or an online event as opposed to in person, we know you're in person, people can often.
00:38:01.320 --> 00:38:07.920 Eric Sarver, Esq.: seek out write their own they kind of walk around and they see like with whom they they most jive and they kind of get together and they.
00:38:08.220 --> 00:38:14.430 Eric Sarver, Esq.: You see people in different clusters and you know if online during the pandemic when we're all virtual.
00:38:15.390 --> 00:38:21.630 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Often events could kind of just be like various little boxes right like right now there are boxes in the screen here, but you can have.
00:38:22.020 --> 00:38:30.900 Eric Sarver, Esq.: 20 different boxes and it's you can't really change your box you can't move your box on zoom over somebody else's, so I think that.
00:38:31.380 --> 00:38:38.790 Eric Sarver, Esq.: it's I think to me it's an important lesson I feel like in this pandemic where we're seeing more and more.
00:38:39.510 --> 00:38:57.210 Eric Sarver, Esq.: webinars and information given to us we're seeing chance to connect and so like it's like we're losing in one hand we're losing face to face and certain intimacy there, but you know we are gaining in terms of like the way that we can sort of engineer design.
00:38:58.380 --> 00:39:03.150 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Different gatherings so we can really connect and kind of get some of that personal.
00:39:03.780 --> 00:39:15.510 Eric Sarver, Esq.: touch back you know so that's kind of what I take from I don't know if that's something that you've noticed, also in terms of how your Members respond to your events they tell you that's a personal touch they feel from the action.
00:39:16.470 --> 00:39:20.940 Polina Bogdanovitch: yeah absolutely that's that's really good points, you know that's.
00:39:21.480 --> 00:39:31.410 Polina Bogdanovitch: that's what we are, we are trying to do we're trying to create because, like you said yourself, you know, there are so many resources available so many podcasts so many webinars so much content.
00:39:32.160 --> 00:39:43.590 Polina Bogdanovitch: You know, still quite a few networking opportunities and so forth, if you really have to you know grab the attention of your audience right away, this is, you know what we're doing this is why.
00:39:44.160 --> 00:39:55.050 Polina Bogdanovitch: This is relevant to you, and this one, you know I would again recommend it takes a little bit of extra work and again knowing your audience that's why the FCC work so closely.
00:39:55.440 --> 00:39:59.550 Polina Bogdanovitch: With our members having regular calls with them having you know a lot of that.
00:39:59.670 --> 00:40:06.690 Polina Bogdanovitch: Those face to face interactions surely get a feel from you know what would they need, because what I always say to our Members, is that.
00:40:07.500 --> 00:40:18.360 Polina Bogdanovitch: we're not industry experts, we are experts in you know the the knowledge and understanding offer network but or Members are the experts in you know their their industry and.
00:40:18.660 --> 00:40:33.120 Polina Bogdanovitch: They themselves know best, you know what's what what are key topics to address, and you know what who what's you know, a certain at a certain seniority level who you they may be interested in meeting and so.
00:40:33.120 --> 00:40:40.770 Polina Bogdanovitch: forth again, you know, listening to that feedback and making sure they're aware of you know, being taken into accounts and.
00:40:41.190 --> 00:40:52.320 Polina Bogdanovitch: And you know, creating opportunities, accordingly, but like you said also it's a you know we I think we're all creating some face to face interactions but virtual has definitely allowed to.
00:40:52.650 --> 00:41:04.170 Polina Bogdanovitch: Open quite a few doors for us and you know engaging Members are not like previously organizations with French organizations were only join our network once they were already in the US.
00:41:04.320 --> 00:41:08.490 Polina Bogdanovitch: Right and more and more, you know Members and speakers at our events, and you know.
00:41:09.060 --> 00:41:17.760 Polina Bogdanovitch: partners and participants for clients that are still overseas, for example, but are joining the network, a little bit of a heads up other future development projects and.
00:41:18.060 --> 00:41:26.610 Polina Bogdanovitch: Those wouldn't have been obviously you know individuals and companies who would have met face to face events before very few would have you know, taking the trip for for the reason.
00:41:27.270 --> 00:41:36.600 Polina Bogdanovitch: In the same thing for for seekers or for event partners as well, were you able to engage you know amazing executives that are based, you know in like.
00:41:37.500 --> 00:41:47.130 Polina Bogdanovitch: Parts of the US or different countries, we have an event coming up next month on may 6 on our sustainability topic and speakers.
00:41:47.610 --> 00:41:56.040 Polina Bogdanovitch: there's one based in Israel, and you know one based in France and several based in different parts of the US so it's such you know it, it definitely.
00:41:56.820 --> 00:42:08.730 Polina Bogdanovitch: has its great perks and you know, the question is what, how will it work after coven I don't know but there, there is let's begin from some virtual get on this for sure.
00:42:09.720 --> 00:42:18.150 Eric Sarver, Esq.: yeah I think you know you make a point there about a lot to be gained from virtual networking if you know done correctly if well planned if and you mentioned you're.
00:42:18.690 --> 00:42:29.370 Eric Sarver, Esq.: done with people's interests in mind, so you know you're talking also about the way you can have people come from far away and do things that they couldn't do in person.
00:42:30.510 --> 00:42:38.100 Eric Sarver, Esq.: I think it's an important point, you know I would say that, and having you on the show and your organization as well they're French American Chamber of Commerce.
00:42:38.580 --> 00:42:47.280 Eric Sarver, Esq.: I hope that our listeners, a new audience tonight, whether they're watching on Facebook or listening on the radio could take it with two takeaways I hope I hope one.
00:42:47.670 --> 00:42:54.120 Eric Sarver, Esq.: They know there's a resource out there if they need to join a network and they want to learn more about how could this network.
00:42:54.510 --> 00:43:03.900 Eric Sarver, Esq.: helped me be other professionals, how can it spotlight, my services right, could you talk about people in different industries coming together and you sort of like the conduit or the facilitator to get them.
00:43:04.230 --> 00:43:11.580 Eric Sarver, Esq.: And that's one takeaway but the other takeaway, I think, is that there are people out there who may run a networking group to people who might.
00:43:12.360 --> 00:43:22.110 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Have let's say events for their for their clients and maybe they're running into this wall of people being sort of you mentioned like earlier tonight zoom fatigue.
00:43:22.440 --> 00:43:33.090 Eric Sarver, Esq.: So they might be, hopefully, taking away pointers from our conversation Oh, you know we can actually tell us her events on zoom the way we would in person right, we can have invites based on people's needs.
00:43:33.870 --> 00:43:40.650 Eric Sarver, Esq.: So you know, and then I think something you said, which I don't want to hold it after our commercial break, but the question about.
00:43:41.370 --> 00:43:51.420 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Moving forward, and I think when we come back that'd be a great topic to address so folks i'm Eric solver and host of the show employment law today.
00:43:52.140 --> 00:44:03.510 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Every Tuesday 5pm Eastern standard time on talk to me to nyc very happy to have my guest tonight I miss polina bogdanovich from the French American Chamber of Commerce we're really talking about.
00:44:04.530 --> 00:44:12.750 Eric Sarver, Esq.: More than just networking we're talking about tailoring communication and connection in the time coven so stick around we'll be right back.
00:44:14.430 --> 00:44:16.800 Polina Bogdanovitch: are listening to radio.
00:44:16.980 --> 00:44:17.460 And my.
00:44:19.650 --> 00:44:20.130 Key.
00:46:28.470 --> 00:46:37.470 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Welcome back to implement a lot today i'm your host erick solver i'm joined tonight by my guest polina bogdanovich miss by one of which.
00:46:38.100 --> 00:46:41.070 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Is with the French American Chamber of Commerce to New York branch.
00:46:41.610 --> 00:46:49.260 Eric Sarver, Esq.: And we're talking about we're talking about a sense more than just networking and time coven you know when I think about it in topic we're talking also about.
00:46:49.770 --> 00:46:59.400 Eric Sarver, Esq.: ways to reach out to your your target audience when they be your employees, whether they be your members of our group, whether they be your colleagues.
00:46:59.760 --> 00:47:06.660 Eric Sarver, Esq.: I really had to connect and how to stay connected and then how to keep that those methods that connection for the fresh.
00:47:07.440 --> 00:47:20.070 Eric Sarver, Esq.: In a time when we're all kind of limited in some ways right in terms of not having in person events and in person meeting, so I think it's about connectivity, which I think is really the overarching theme that I see in.
00:47:20.850 --> 00:47:27.990 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Almost every aspect of our coping with you know this pandemic so so I you know, along the lines between I wanted to ask you about.
00:47:28.680 --> 00:47:39.930 Eric Sarver, Esq.: The one of my favorite topics know which is looking ahead, looking at the end of the tunnel so we're talking a little bit about you know ways that the FAA CC of New York and pivoted.
00:47:40.980 --> 00:47:50.220 Eric Sarver, Esq.: During Kobe they went from live events to virtual to zoom from in person conferences to webinars, I guess, my question is.
00:47:50.880 --> 00:48:08.580 Eric Sarver, Esq.: As more people get vaccinated and as we look towards the future, we opening, I wonder what color base changes and services, do you think the ACC New York will likely keep when we get back to normal and which ones you think you might shed to the wayside in the future.
00:48:09.540 --> 00:48:12.390 Polina Bogdanovitch: yeah that's that's a really good question Thank you so much Eric.
00:48:13.260 --> 00:48:22.950 Polina Bogdanovitch: You know we're a few months ago we you know, again, as I mentioned earlier we're very optimistic about coven you know just being a very temporary situation and.
00:48:23.790 --> 00:48:29.670 Polina Bogdanovitch: A survey we're going to resume you know by the summer of 2020 which will know didn't happen.
00:48:30.120 --> 00:48:36.450 Polina Bogdanovitch: And you know that we were making those plans halfway, for you know reopening and.
00:48:36.750 --> 00:48:47.610 Polina Bogdanovitch: It wasn't the best use of our resource, so we eventually made the decision to really you know fully focus on what we can control and that's what I always tell Members when they're asking us and you know when we do plan on.
00:48:48.150 --> 00:48:55.020 Polina Bogdanovitch: Starting face to face events, again, I mean now, we do have you know vaccines, on the way and we are starting to see like you mentioned, you know some.
00:48:55.290 --> 00:49:01.890 Polina Bogdanovitch: light at the end of the tunnel, but it is so really tricky to truly you know say what you know.
00:49:02.490 --> 00:49:18.210 Polina Bogdanovitch: A successful or safe engaging events will will look like and to and to plan for it, so at the moment we are planning on keeping on you know, having a strategy very much focused around virtual opportunities for the rest of the year.
00:49:19.650 --> 00:49:31.320 Polina Bogdanovitch: And you know, as mentioned earlier, also there's been a big demographic change within the network with some of our Members that were based in New York, you know, having moved to Florida, or you know.
00:49:31.530 --> 00:49:32.610 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Different parts of the country.
00:49:32.820 --> 00:49:41.400 Polina Bogdanovitch: still being engaged with us and we've gained also a lot of Members and connections that are you know, not necessarily based in the tri state area, yes, we will need to.
00:49:41.640 --> 00:49:50.370 Polina Bogdanovitch: Continue engaging them with a virtual content for sure, but you know it's also juggling the fact that a lot of our Members that are based in New York.
00:49:50.700 --> 00:50:03.720 Polina Bogdanovitch: Are craving you know those face to face interactions and opportunities to directly connects with with the network, so you know we we are discussing, you know what would the future might look like at the moment, again we.
00:50:04.380 --> 00:50:11.400 Polina Bogdanovitch: I would say, and that that can change very quickly that there will still be a very strong focus in virtual for the rest of the year.
00:50:12.120 --> 00:50:33.660 Polina Bogdanovitch: With the possibility, you know when it becomes safe to do so, too little by little, you know starts to resume those very small group, it will likely be very small in the beginning, you know, a face to face events based again on you know, because we are limited to smaller groups.
00:50:34.200 --> 00:50:34.500 Polina Bogdanovitch: It was.
00:50:34.650 --> 00:50:40.860 Polina Bogdanovitch: still a lot of work for us, you know, making sure the right people's the right people are you know um.
00:50:41.550 --> 00:50:51.390 Polina Bogdanovitch: You know, brought together for for specific events and for us to make sure you know, the topics are selected really carefully because, again, you know we will be.
00:50:51.990 --> 00:50:56.250 Polina Bogdanovitch: Pretty nice for sure, at first, when we do reopen but you know.
00:50:57.210 --> 00:51:05.430 Polina Bogdanovitch: Other lessons that we've learned a bit something we did before you know coven we have been you know more and more active with were.
00:51:05.790 --> 00:51:14.700 Polina Bogdanovitch: No email and online introductions between Members and that is something that has been particularly well received within the Community, during a coven.
00:51:15.180 --> 00:51:19.920 Polina Bogdanovitch: And that's something you know we we plan on continuing and, hopefully, you know.
00:51:20.700 --> 00:51:27.120 Polina Bogdanovitch: You know we'll we'll have more resources to do so in you know the the coming months and years in the near future.
00:51:27.420 --> 00:51:35.160 Polina Bogdanovitch: But you know that's a great way, as mentioned earlier, you know to engineer those connections, even if those people, will you know, in the future, have the opportunity to meet face to face.
00:51:35.760 --> 00:51:40.140 Polina Bogdanovitch: we add the FCC are you know very well aware of each you know.
00:51:40.680 --> 00:51:48.840 Polina Bogdanovitch: Members specific areas of expertise specific challenges, so we will continue to definitely have a lot of those face to face calls does interactions.
00:51:49.200 --> 00:51:57.960 Polina Bogdanovitch: to really be aware of you know what would the different needs and challenges are and continue facilitated those one on one connection something we've really grown as well.
00:51:58.200 --> 00:52:04.650 Polina Bogdanovitch: And again, I can't take much credit for it it's mainly your communications team, and my colleague Chelsea but really is, you know the.
00:52:05.400 --> 00:52:22.260 Polina Bogdanovitch: sharing of contents and sharing of articles and videos and so forth, you know our Members different sets of expertise and that is something you know we weren't doing as much pre coven and that's also because kelsey joined the team, a little bit before the defendant started.
00:52:22.500 --> 00:52:30.240 Polina Bogdanovitch: But has been you know, a fantastic resource for the Community and something will will for sure continue so to you know answer your question.
00:52:30.690 --> 00:52:48.600 Polina Bogdanovitch: I don't think there's anything will fully discontinue I mean hopefully will be more face to face unless virtual in the future as as a human, but you know there's more things that we didn't consider before that we are looking to keep and continue, you know to to add to our services.
00:52:49.350 --> 00:52:57.210 Eric Sarver, Esq.: You know and that's I think like right there you know polina an interesting point about I think for so long, a lot of organizations.
00:52:57.600 --> 00:53:05.400 Eric Sarver, Esq.: and employers and companies, the thought was that, when we go back to normal we're going to sort of scrap all of the stuff we've done during coated I know a lot of.
00:53:05.730 --> 00:53:11.700 Eric Sarver, Esq.: At least, a lot of people I know have sort of expressed that sentiment, but when you look into how things work.
00:53:12.150 --> 00:53:21.660 Eric Sarver, Esq.: I think there are a lot of sort of messages that we can keep going forward I think example you gave about you know online outreach emails to Members introductions.
00:53:22.050 --> 00:53:28.320 Eric Sarver, Esq.: I know i've always appreciated that to me it shows that the organization looks out for its Members is thinking about.
00:53:28.860 --> 00:53:36.930 Eric Sarver, Esq.: US or me in this situation, when I get an email from you and say Matthew same lines, is a CPA we connected and had a good one, on one so.
00:53:37.290 --> 00:53:46.740 Eric Sarver, Esq.: No, I think it's really that's an important takeaway I think I appreciate your reminding people that that if you've got a company and maybe you set up like more of an online.
00:53:47.610 --> 00:53:56.580 Eric Sarver, Esq.: service or a portal for your employees that same and they come back you can keep the same you don't have to sort of throw them out a scrap them just because dependent it's over.
00:53:56.940 --> 00:54:05.850 Eric Sarver, Esq.: I mean, some of us, I think, want to maybe like scrap one day i'm saying when it's safe to do so, our masks and burn them, you know but, but there are other things, you may want to keep you know so.
00:54:06.900 --> 00:54:17.040 Eric Sarver, Esq.: So I really think it's a good point, and then I think another point you made, and I think this is a key point for anyone who is looking to reopen whether you're opening an office.
00:54:17.460 --> 00:54:25.170 Eric Sarver, Esq.: For your workers or a networking group you run or Whatever the case may be, is that it's going to take some planning and time like you mentioned.
00:54:25.650 --> 00:54:31.290 Eric Sarver, Esq.: You know safety being the first priority and starting with small events and everything, so I think it's really important.
00:54:32.160 --> 00:54:35.790 Eric Sarver, Esq.: to convey, and I appreciate your you're sharing all this with us tonight.
00:54:36.690 --> 00:54:44.070 Eric Sarver, Esq.: we've got about three minutes left the time flies every week three minutes, exactly, so what i'll do is, let me, I want to give you like two minutes.
00:54:44.490 --> 00:54:57.270 Eric Sarver, Esq.: uninterrupted just to share any upcoming events you have you want to share or how people can reach you and i'll take the last minute, when I have a woman note here to sort of end the show so, can you tell us.
00:54:58.350 --> 00:54:59.970 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Before sure is anything you want to share.
00:55:00.330 --> 00:55:07.110 Polina Bogdanovitch: that's fully well once again Eric Thank you so much for having me on the show anyone could be interested in a follow up conversation.
00:55:07.680 --> 00:55:16.500 Polina Bogdanovitch: You have my name here on the screen, so please feel free to add me on linkedin that's what we use a lot, you know to to connect with the Community, and we can schedule some time to speak.
00:55:17.100 --> 00:55:29.790 Polina Bogdanovitch: You can also visit our website at ACC nyc.org and then sign up for the newsletter view any upcoming events we have coming up next week on tech and startup in entrepreneurship topics.
00:55:30.390 --> 00:55:37.050 Polina Bogdanovitch: That we need the founders series, for example, starting and then this is the ability event in partnership with other European, American chambers.
00:55:37.950 --> 00:55:43.170 Polina Bogdanovitch: called a rebuild better, which is coming up in me six so again, all of that will be on our websites.
00:55:43.590 --> 00:55:49.230 Polina Bogdanovitch: follow us, you know, on on linkedin or any social media but we're particularly active on linkedin.
00:55:49.650 --> 00:56:01.350 Polina Bogdanovitch: And again, you don't have to be French you don't have to have direct ties to friends chances are, if you are, you know, a business owner in the US, you might you know be interested in.
00:56:02.040 --> 00:56:13.470 Polina Bogdanovitch: Growing your international clientele and you know whether or not you plan on officially joining the network right away, myself and the team would be very happy to chat and see you know again where there might be synergies within the Community.
00:56:13.890 --> 00:56:16.770 Polina Bogdanovitch: Thank you so much Eric for again the time and the platform.
00:56:17.910 --> 00:56:27.150 Eric Sarver, Esq.: My pleasure that sounds great you know all the things you mentioned, there and the website, did you give the website address what did I miss that or it's www dot.
00:56:27.660 --> 00:56:29.400 Polina Bogdanovitch: SEC nyc network.
00:56:29.850 --> 00:56:34.680 Eric Sarver, Esq.: F, as in frank a C, as in cat C, as in cat and y.org.
00:56:34.980 --> 00:56:36.750 Polina Bogdanovitch: FA CT nyc so I face the.
00:56:37.230 --> 00:56:39.450 Polina Bogdanovitch: nyc Chamber of Commerce and why.
00:56:40.920 --> 00:56:45.540 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Okay polina Thank you so much for being here tonight folks.
00:56:46.350 --> 00:56:52.830 Eric Sarver, Esq.: Thank you all for tuning in to our show where we had a great guest tonight talking about the French American Chamber of Commerce.
00:56:53.070 --> 00:57:02.580 Eric Sarver, Esq.: A great resource and agreed model to look at when you are transitioning back to reopening or in terms of how to best navigate this pandemic that we're still in.
00:57:03.660 --> 00:57:11.130 Eric Sarver, Esq.: America soccer i'm on this station talk radio nyc every Tuesday night 5pm Eastern standard time, if you like, what you heard tonight.
00:57:11.730 --> 00:57:24.870 Eric Sarver, Esq.: For interesting conversations you can tune into our Facebook page for live video or you can listen on the on the site itself, so thank you all polina Thank you have a wonderful evening thank.
00:57:26.310 --> 00:57:27.060 Eric Sarver, Esq.: You, the next week.