“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in this world.” 

-Fred Rogers

During the Covid-19 pandemic, plenty of scary things made their way to the news. Things like companies shutting down, people hoarding, and supplies not getting to the medical sites in time to save lives.

Fortunately for me, I met Mike Wolfgang a few months before the “Safer at Home” instructions in California. After businesses paused and plenty of people were not going into work, Mike checked in on me to invite me to a virtual EOSâ “Survive and Thrive” group.

In this group we started out only connected by Mike and all having the desire to help people. As the weeks went by, we came to know one another better. We learned about EOSâ and how to use the IDS strategy to Identify a challenge, Discuss it, and Solve it all in 90 minutes. One week we talked about how to operate on a smaller staff, another we discussed marketing without sounding opportunistic, and yet another we gave suggestions on how a member could give her first conference webinar.

At the beginning of the “stay at home” order, I felt depressed because I was so used to being around people. After I joined the EOSâ group, I was able to concentrate on helping people in my community. I feel blessed that I met Mike of M1 Core Traction.

Winnona Gaviglio is an advertising consultant in Southern California. She typically attends 12-15 networking events each month. Winnona believes that together we are stronger, even if we have to teleconference to do it.