Who Are We?

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington

Gord Fansher, Founder and CEO

Years ago, my father said to me, “I will never tell you what area of work you should be in but l see you working with people, having an impact on people’s lives.” My father set this example in his life by living his life in service to others. I didn’t understand at the time how correct he was so when he passed away I decided I needed to do something to honour him. I started Connect1 Consulting to pass along this gift my father gave to me. The gift of the importance of connecting with others and being good to one another. (more…)

What Do We Do?

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. – Dale Carnegie

Inner Circle

Our exclusive members-only group with the very best in training, coaching and ongoing support for those who are serious about connecting.


An intensive three-hour networking bootcamp where you’ll learn the skills to make meaningful connections and develop lasting relationships


Personal one-on-one coaching to help you improve your skills and maximize your networking results. The next step for boot camp grads.


The solution for bringing the Gord Fansher style of networking to your large group or corporation. Completely customizable delivery available.

Why Build a Large Network?

Networking is marketing. Marketing yourself, marketing your uniqueness, marketing what you stand for. – Christine Comaford-Lynch

Build Yourself

To be yourself, you must first know yourself, then build confidence in who you are. It’s the law of attraction and it works!

Build Relationships

Strong relationships are the key to a successful business and a fulfilling life. Learn to build connections that last a lifetime.

Build Support

Surround yourself with a network of support. You are the average of those you associate with the most. Choose wisely.


Personal relationships are always the key to good business. You can buy networking; you can’t buy friendships. – Lindsay Fox

Gord is amazing at what he does and he has helped me and many others along the way how important making connections is and also how to maximize making connections. I would recommend to everyone meeting with Gord if you have the opportunity.

Join the INNER CIRCLE Today

The Connect1 INNER CIRCLE is the best place for you to grow and learn to better connect with others. Members receive daily motivation, weekly training, invites to members-only live events and a bunch of other stuff, including discounts on coaching sessions. Click the button below for full details!

Learn More...


I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou

I have a job, so why is connecting important?

Connecting is just as important, if not more so, when you have a job as when you don’t.  When you have connections you can count on for support when you need it, you are prepared for the day when you’ll want them because of sudden job loss, challenges at work or when you need a change in jobs.

I’m shy, can I still network?

Many who are shy or introverted make great connectors and networkers because they have the ability to listen and once a conversation is started, they are more likely to ask questions. I have a secret tip I will share with you if you join me for my boot camp or one-on-one sessions.

How do I get people to talk to me?

Find something that you can compliment the person on, like “wow I really like your skirt I have been looking for one like it. Where did you get it?” Or how about “I have been thinking about getting the new ‘xyz phone’. Is that what you have?” If you compliment and ask questions in a genuine way people generally will respond to you. Then all you have to do is carry on the conversation

I don’t know how to start a conversation?

There are many ways to start a conversation and the important thing to remember is to be as much yourself as you can. Don’t use scripted questions or statements, but simply start with topics most of us like to talk about like the weather. If it is not a great weather day start with that, but then quickly give it a positive spin. “Hi. It sure is raining today, but you know with the warm sunny weather we have had recently and all this rain, the flowers are really going to bloom”

How do I get started?

Depending on your specific goals there are different ways to get started.  If you are looking to start a business or let people know you are looking for work then make a list of people you know. If you are at a networking event usually all it takes is to make eye contact and then say “hi!” The conversation will develop from there.

I don’t know anyone?

Many people feel they don’t know anyone, but we all know people and many of these people we see every day. We just never talk to them.  Everyone you meet or see regularly is an opportunity to connect.