“It’s not just a group…It’s a lifestyle.” – Urban League Young Professionals

Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Dallas, Young Professionals In Fort Worth

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When a person relocates to a new city and they’re seeking to get acclimated to the social, cultural and civic scene — one typically searches for professional organization(s) that align with their interests. One of those organizations for me is the National Urban League Young Professionals.

ULGDYP in Ft WorthLast week Tuesday, I attended the Urban League of Greater Dallas Young Professionals General Body meeting, and that same week I also attended its networking mixer in Fort Worth Texas @ Grace Restaurant; where I had a fabulous glass Cabernet Blend of Col Solare — they also hosted the group on a Trolley Ride of Downtown Fort Worth.

During the general body meeting, they were going around the room conducting ice-breaker-type introductions (I used to loathe doing this, until I learned the strategy behind it). They want everyone to know who’s in the room, in the event you want to network with someone regarding a job at said company, socially, or you just want to connect for whatever reason. Candice Quarles the President of the organization, implored everyone in the room to take advantage of this opportunity — I mean after-all — that’s the reason we made the decision to be there — TO CONNECT!

…I met a gentlemen from Milwaukee, Wisc. 🙂 #Awesome

 

 

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3 Male Dominated Places Where Women Can Insert Themselves Opportunistically: Networking in Stiletto’s with a Men’s ‘Oxford’ Strategy

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Networking is a contact sport of opportunity; that if honed, can be an effective and powerful dexerity.

I experimented by inserting myself into the exclusive good ‘ol boys networking club — without being overly contrived, and still maintaining my professionally feminine prowess. Because women have to work harder, smarter and keener; to be taken seriously to be openly welcomed into MAN’dom, without being labeled as a temptress of sorts. We’re entering his world, and he’s wondering what your motives are?

Some of the best deals are made while networking, jobs have been acquired soley due to networking, amazing-balls connections have been made because of networking. Being in the right place at the right time, can be attributed to networking.

I want to share with my female readers, my experiences and tips on how to successfully penetrate the Testosterone Force field of Male Networking.

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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

10 Tips on Writing from David Ogilvy

“Never write more than two pages on any subject.”

After tracing the fascinating story of the most influential writing style guide of all time and absorbing advice on writing from some of modern history’s most legendary writers, here comes some priceless and pricelessly uncompromising wisdom from a very different kind of cultural legend: iconic businessman and original “Mad Man” David Ogilvy. On September 7th, 1982, Ogilvy sent the following internal memo to all agency employees, titled “How to Write” and found in the 1986 gem The Unpublished David Ogilvy (public library):

The better you write, the higher you go in Ogilvy & Mather. People who think well, write well.

Woolly minded people write woolly memos, woolly letters and woolly speeches.

Good writing is not a natural gift. You have to learn to write well. Here are 10 hints:

  1. Read the Roman-Raphaelson book on writing. Read it three times.
  2. Write the way you talk. Naturally.
  3. Use short words, short sentences and short paragraphs.
  4. Never use jargon words like reconceptualize,demassificationattitudinallyjudgmentally. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass.
  5. Never write more than two pages on any subject.
  6. Check your quotations.
  7. Never send a letter or a memo on the day you write it. Read it aloud the next morning — and then edit it.
  8. If it is something important, get a colleague to improve it.
  9. Before you send your letter or your memo, make sure it is crystal clear what you want the recipient to do.
  10. If you want ACTION, don’t write. Go and tell the guy what you want.
        David

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