Lights! Smartphone Camera! Charisma! Sabrina Shares 3 Networking Tips In Her Arsenal

Lights! Smartphone Camera! Charisma!

I’m on the networking move! Tonite I will be attending the Women In Media Mentoring event @ Moroch Agency in Dallas, Tex. — and I am excited! I’m looking forward to an evening of cocktails and conversations. Krista Whitley Castellarin, whose linkedin profile says that she’s a former cheerleader, and a MEAN GIRL, (: is tonite’s keynote. yaay!

UPDATE:  No keynote speaker ):

3 Networking Tips Sabrina Has In Her Arsenal

Be Conscious of Your Appearance Walk into the networking event with a positive attitude. Smile; look approachable, and be willing to approach others at the event. The simplest thing you can do — is give away a SMILE to people you come in eye contact with, because smiles… they’re FREE…. give them away! Also: DON’T have poor body language. DON’T cross your arms. And DON’T constantly look down.

Ask a General Question or Provide Comment You are not the only one who may be feeling awkward at the networking event. If you see someone standing there or sitting at a table by themselves, be willing to approach them and simply ask a question or provide a comment that they can relate to.

BE THERE! NO Tweeting. NO Facebook’ing (DO IT AFTERWARD) – Be at the event — take it all in. Because this is a speaker session, they will probably ask at the end of the talk — if there are any questions. Therefore, listen intently, and try to ask a poignant question of the speaker when prompted. This gives you an astute advantage, making you look credible, engaged and someone worth getting to know. Don’t be surprised when you’re approached for networking at the end of the event.

p.s. Your business cards are a given people.

Dueces! – Sab

UPDATE: The way it is formatted on the website — looks like there was going to be a speaker. I should have looked at the posting date closely. I saw the 3 months ago, and 1 month ago, but I just thought that’s when it was updated. My mistake. 😦



NETWORKING TIP: Breached Basic Etiquette By Interrupting Others Conversation. {HOW TO MANEUVER THIS BASIC ETIQUETTE}

If two people are speaking, and you want to speak with one of those person’s, and it’s important, or in urgency — it just can’t wait, and you probably have to leave. Here are a few tips.

If you CANNOT make it quick

  • POLITELY STANDBY AND WAIT for them to finish talking, because they will see you in their peripheral. And being the professionals that they are, they will not monopolize each other’s time to network, and they will hasten their conversation for others.
    • They may feel pressured, but that’s not your concern, you’re there to get what you need to get.

…it’s that simple.

I seen this happen two times during my recent young professionals event, and one of them was ME. So what did I do? I burned a hole right through this young lady with my glare. And she introduced herself at the end of their conversation — I had no idea who she said her name was; nor did I care, because I needed to get back to my intended party.

WHY THE TIP? Because when someone interrupts your conversation, you feel annoyed primarily, but also disrespected. So PLEASE Don’t Do This. You only make yourself look bad.

WAS I UPSET? Heck no! (Don’t exert that energy) I was annoyed. But I said to myself, this is a teaching lesson, that I absolutely needed to blog about. 🙂


FB Retort to Networking

i Came. i ‘Wined’. i Networked. i Am Excited About What’s To Come.

Network After Work Dallas

Network After Work Dallas

Last evening I attended my first official networking event here in Dallas, TX, with the Network After Work Group at the Concrete Cowboy. It was great! I loved the format, per the above photo where each individual had Color-Coded Name Badges to identify their said industry — this made it efficient for me to navigate and connect with the right industry people — or non industry people.

Networking for me is about quality over quantity, rapport over business/job leads, helping — being a resource over soliciting for… That’s my strategy — my objective is to foster new professional connections in my new city, and hopefully make some wonderful friendships and mentor-ships along with way. I met some interesting people, had some meaningful conversations — and I didn’t hand my business card out like it was a marketing flyer; unless I was asked, or I asked if they would like my business card, because at this point; we were 3 to 5 minutes into the conversation, and I felt like I wanted to get to know this person more.

Networking Tips That Worked For Me Last Night:

    • Smile, and say “Hi.” [Even if you don’t interact after saying hi, people respond to friendly faces — it says you’re approachable — and people will approach you] Sidenote: I did see someone I knew, her name is @BrightGirlMedia, check her out, she’s authentic, helpful, and so far she’s stellar 🙂 In addition, a young lady I met in the restroom, invited me to come and interact with her and her co-workers, her name was Twee, she worked in sales.
    • Fake It, Until You Make It [I didn’t know anyone else, but I wasn’t going to walk around like a deer in headlights making it obvious, or become a wall flower hanging around the only person that I did know — I came to play! Be Confident!]
    • Enter With The Intent To Brand Yourself with a conversation stimulant [ex. I am two-weeks new to Dallas, and I have hit the ground running with networking, people are amazed, impressed with the initiative, and they understand I am driven]
    • Find Your Commonality [Dallas, Texas is football country — I met a Giants Fan (we lost this past Sunday to them, so he jokingly rubbed it in), I met a Cowboys fan and a Green Bay Packers fan!]
    • Be Interested In People [I truly enjoy hearing a person’s goals and aspirations — I think it’s because I’m able to somehow understand and draw from my similarities, with having goals and aspirations. And by listening to others, I learn more about them, and possibly learning more about myself too.]
    • Follow up with new contacts within 24-48 hours!
business cards I received, with my notes to remember them by. #BusinessExposure

business cards I received, with my notes to remember them by. #BusinessExposure

Networking: Will you be in the 80 percent?

The role of networking plays a huge part in a person’s job search. Only two percent of today’s jobs are landed by utilizing online applications, while as much as 80 percent of today’s jobs are landed through networking. Being an accomplished and sincere networker can cut through the piles of job listings, decreasing your time to find that perfect opportunity by tenfold, not to mention the fact that the job you want may not be advertised at all.

Networking works simply because people do business primarily with people they know and like. It affords an opportunity to become acquainted in a no-pressure environment. In any social situation, chances are somebody in that room is within two degrees of knowing your next boss.

Over the last decade, the face-to-face fundamentals have been significantly enhanced with social media and by leveraging a personal marketing plan. That magic combination of personal interaction, implementing your personal marketing strategy and social media channels has made networking a science of establishing and maintaining a group of social and professional ambassadors.

To that end, here are some of those networking fundamentals to master to make the most effective use of the opportunities that come along in your job search:

Make a good impression during networking events

  1. Be authentic, considerate and sincere.
  2. Emit confidence.
  3. Be able to recite a 30-second introduction about yourself.
  4. Have a concise and effective personal business card to hand out.
  5. Improve your communication skills by role-playing with colleagues as practice beforehand.

Take advantage of a possible networking opportunity

  1. Be sure that your target(s) are the ones that will actually be able to help you.
  2. Have specific employer names and career goals established.
  3. Focus on building relationships.
  4. Always ask what you can do for others; networking is a give-and-take.
  5. Ask for advice, not a job.

Follow up after an event

  1. Prioritize your contacts in order of who can help you and who you can help.
  2. Tap into your strongest connections first.
  3. Map out what your specific communication will be with each contact on your priority list (phone call, email, social media, meeting, etc.).
  4. Schedule time with your most important contacts on an ongoing, regular basis.
  5. Make connecting a priority/habit and continually evaluate what avenues are working.

Article written by Rick Sears, an award-winning, globally recognized executive recruiter and career coach who leads Sterling Partners, one of the largest independent search firms in the nation. He is also CEO and president of Career Masters International, an organization dedicated to providing professional career readiness services to corporations and colleges.

6 Reasons Why I’ll Be Using Your Business Card As My Fingernail Cleaner – Then Trashing It

Business cards are the quintessential networking tool of commerce — the aesthetics of your card is someone’s first impression of you; giving a quick snapshot about who you are as an individual. Seemingly everyone’s objective is to make a good professional impression; however, the card design itself can sometimes get in the way of what you’re trying to represent. That’s not what we’re going to talk about today, we’re going to talk about the social etiquette surrounding how to successfully ‘network’ with your business card.

You Handed Me Your Business Card As If It Were An Event Flyer and Walked Away
Networking is the ‘exchange’ of information and services among individuals, not the dissemination of information or services to individuals. Cultivating a relationship during that exchange should be the objective.

You Introduced Yourself. Handed Me Your Card — Went Into the Sales Pitch About ‘You’
If you remember nothing else: people respond by you being genuinely interested in them — Dale Carnegie hit the nail right on the head with this. Talking ‘at’ someone, and not dialogue with that someone; quickly turns that exchange into an uncomfortable moment of ‘how can I exit this one-sided conversation?’

ADDED TIP: Exit by waiting for a pause, and then say “Thank you, it was good talking with you.” Whether or not it was an enjoyable experience, it’s courteous to thank them for their company.

You Scratched-Off With A Sharpie or/Pen — and Wrote On Your ‘Business Card’ the Correct Information, With No Explanation
I have absolutely no tolerance for scratched-off information on your business card, before you hit the ‘Submit For Print’ button from your card maker on-line; you should have meticulously viewed the erroneous on your card. It’s not professional, and it makes for an adverse impression of your said business…period. When you hand me your card — it should come with confidence, professional acumen and zeal, and not a sharpie mark.

You ‘Hit’ On Me
This can apply to men and women — we’re here to network, not romantically mingle. Understandably, if sparks do fly, that’s okay; however, now is not the time to act upon the lust of someone while at a networking event. You will come across creepy and less-reputable. Women already have the challenge of coming across as influential, poised and sound in a sometimes male dominated setting.

I Don’t Know Why I Have Your Business Card
Did I ask for your card? Or did you come up to me and start talking, and immediately handed me your business card? I have then walked away from the conversation not knowing — what purpose you will serve me, or how I can help you. You should only give your business card when asked for it — once this happens, it means that they are interested in you, your value and learning more about you.

You Left ‘My’ Business Card On the Table or Bar, After You Asked For It
We engaged, had a brief conversation, and then you ask me for my card — perfect! But you left my card behind — why’d you ask for it?

Getting someone’s business card is not necessarily protocol at networking events — you get someone’s card with the expectancy of engaging further in building rapport. Networking is not a sprint — it’s a marathon. Networking is also a contact sport, you should focus on giving, not getting.