Networking can be scary especially for first time attendees. It can feel extremely intimidating for Introverts. What if?? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . List every frightening thought. What if . . . Nobody speaks to me. I say something stupid. I have to stand in [...]
We all know someone who lights the world up with their smile. Some who is described as “Her smile is contagious.” “I love how she made others feel welcome.” “She lit the world up with her smile.” “I will miss her sense of humor.” I recently attended a Celebration of Life for said friend. Colleagues [...]
Ask to be Introduced is the Networking Tip for the Week. Sounds simple, yet how often do we ask? You've been following the keynote speaker's work for a few years and finally have the opportunity to see her speak in person. You want to tell her how much you enjoy her work and how she's [...]
As a newbie Toastmaster, I secretly prayed I wouldn’t be called on during Table Topics. It wasn’t because I didn’t have a clue on what to say. It was due to the pressure. Yes, Pressure! I felt so much pressure I could barely talk. One was expected to Follow a format, “Mr. Topic Master, fellow [...]
"Helping with registration is an excellent way to meet people."
"Stupid, Stupid, STUPID!" My Grandmother would screech these words after she dropped or lost something. “Stupid, Stupid, Stupid!” I hadn’t thought much about this until two years ago. My mother, an in-home hospice patient, was living with me. She dropped or spilled something. “Stupid, Stupid, STUPID!” I run from the kitchen to the living room. [...]
Be Prepared. Opportunities Exist When Least Expected. Many networking functions focus around the concept, “Hello, my name is _____ and I can help you with ____. I am looking for ____.“ It is easy to prepare for these types of events. What happens when you are outside a networking function? Opportunities exist when least expected. [...]