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. 😦

WIM

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Placing the Proverbial Foot Up My ‘Whoo-Hoo’: Networking Edition

This week was ripe with networking opportunities and they were great! I love traction. Check the tweets:

I met this contact @ the Coffee House Cafe in Dallas — it mind-as-well been Chicago to me (my suggestion) ;-); I wanted to be accommodating to my new contact. In addition, I am certainly open to exploring new venues to learn the city.

I met this contact at Paradise Bakery in Dallas — and he purposefully wanted to meet at this location. Why? Because it’s a networking, business professional mecca! So much so, that after our meeting — I stayed there and just took in the atmosphere w/ my laptop and Milwaukee friend (quite a few other Wisconsinites relocated here as well). And as soon as my Milwaukee friend walked in, someone approached him — mistaken identity.

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My New Contacts STRONG TIES to Packer Nation is nostalgic

This new contact that I met was stellar — not only was he a Green Bay Packers fan, but he has STRONG ties to Packer Nation, Summerfest and Wisconsin! Great guy, and I look forward to getting to know him, and my new cultivating network here in Dallas. How I met this contact was via another contact that I met at After Work Network, after our conversation he suggested this new contact (this is how it works). My new contact suggested that I attend a job focus group — I did and it was stellar — he’s one of the break out group facilitators. The group gave me a wonderful first impression. Its structure, the friendly and helpful group members, the format in which they help you find job opportunities, and the venue was so welcoming. I’ll be back next week!

My Packers contact came to play!!

PACKERS CONTACT: “Do you have your resume?”

ME: “ahhh… No, not a tangible copy. I was hoping to just introduce myself to you, build a rapport.” “I didn’t come with the intent of asking you for a job, or asking you to place my resume in front of someone who can get me a job.”

LATER ON

PACKERS CONTACT: “…see that guy over there?” “…he’s was a CMO at XYZ Company, and now he’s running his own business.” “…don’t you think he’ll know someone in your field, and is also in a position to potentially place you in a role?”

ME: “ahh… yeah.”

PACKERS CONTACT: “…come on. get your business cards… I’m going to introduce you.”

ME: “ooh …okay.” GAME FACE ON

One CMO, CEO, CFO, and friendly staffers later …my business cards were gone.

My contact had introduced me to a few other people at Paradise Bakery. I had my business cards, but I didn’t come prepared to network on that level. I didn’t come prepared to network LIKE THAT! My contact certainly taught me a lesson in tactical and assertive networking, and to always be prepared. Lesson Learned

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.

Wine + Networking = Always the Perfect Mix | Networking GOLD Wine Tips

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“Wine is the most civilizing thing in the world.” – Ernest Hemingway

  • WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE DRINK WINE?
  • YOU’RE AT THE WINE EVENT: REMEMBER THE 4 “S”s
  • WHAT TO TALK ABOUT?
  • SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE

I’d like to preface this post to my beautiful black people… Here we go… (DEATH TO MOSCATO!!) …LOL!! It is so much more to enjoyingNo Moscato wine than Moscato. Why do most African-Americans love Moscato? Because the African-American taste index skews toward sweeter drinks PERIOD. It’s true, I’m not making this up – I learned a great deal about consumers and their preferences working at a former PR agency with a high-profile client.

I want to show you how to make a lasting impression when you’re networking at a wine event, not just at an event where wine will be served, but specifically at a wine event. Wine Tastings, Wine Tours, Grand Opening events — where wine will be served, art galleries (this is my favorite) and Wine Bars.

WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE INDULGE IN WINE?

A Men’s Magazine article says by drinking wine it says that “You’re mature and discerning, and you’re likely an organized professional.”

Great! This is what you want while networking – people who are mature and discerning – these people are also decision makers with any said company, and are ripe in networking contacts – get it ripe? HA! I crack myself up. So keep a keen eye.

YOU’RE AT THE WINE EVENT: REMEMBER THE FOUR “S”s or 5 “S”

SWIRL: Release the aromas of the wine

SNIFF: Short and long sniff’s; savor, what do you smell?

SIP: Coat your palate completely, do the flavors match the aroma (Your palate is composed of a series of taste buds, tongue, and the most important sensor of all: your nose.)

SPIT: There are lots of wine to taste, and your tasting faculties will be reduced if you don’t spit (NOTE: Only if you’re at a tasting; however, it’s not my preference)

WHAT TO TALK ABOUT? This Is Your Networking Segue

  • When you’re interacting, First ask your networking target what their palate is? (NOTE: If you remember nothing else: people respond by you being genuinely interested in them.
  • Respond by disclosing your palate and what you smell.
  • Tell a wine joke.

Joke 1. What did the grape say after the elephant sat on it? Nothing, it just let out a little whine! **my fav joke

Joke 2. A woman was sipping on a glass of wine, while sitting on the patio with her husband, and she says, “I love you so much; I don’t know how I could ever live without you.”

Her husband asks, “Is that you or the wine talking?”

She replies, “It’s me…talking to the wine.”

You’re not starring on Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam, but it’s appropriate and most people indulging in wine will laugh – it’s all in the delivery!

SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE

I’m not a wine expert, and you may not be either, so here are a few cheat tips to help you at your event.

“Chardonnay is the World’s Most Popular White Wine.”

“Pinot Grigio is the most Popular White Wine produced in Italy.”

“The Popular Wine maker Kendall-Jackson’s CEO was featured on CBS’s UnderCover Boss. It’s a great back-story, have you seen it?” (NOTE: make sure you’ve watched the episode)

“Majority of consumers drink their reds too warm and their white wines too cold.” Proper temps allow the wines to show their freshness

Red’s should be served between 65° – 68°
Whites should be served between 48° – 53°

Review or “ASK” the server in the company of your networking parties “…the rating points of the wine.” If it is rated in the 89 – 91 point range – 10 times out of 10 the wine is magnificent!

Now that you’re ready! Check out your local MeetUp.com Wine Groups, Google: Wine Tasting (in said city), Find your next Art Gallery Event (w/ a bar), Find your local wine bar – Make Networking fun, because it can be. Also. Please remember to drink in moderation and slow your pace down, networking inebriated has the opposite effect of what you’re there for.

Now that you have your wine networking arsenal – have your business cards ready! Remember to smile and have fun!

Let me know how it turns out!