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 [...]
The other morning at Chamber, the person who spoke before me sang his tagline while playing his ukulele. I heard a handful of people gasp “How can you top that?” There was a time I would have preferred to bolt to the nearest exit instead of following that. “No way!” “How can I follow that?” [...]
I seek inspiration from many sources. Sometimes they appear Loud and in BOLD. This week has been no exception. It began with quotes reflecting on the new moon energy. Continuing with my mentor, Linda Binns, talking about the importance of "Reset." Followed by others talking about newness. Every so often, my inner introvert AKA that [...]
Think of your 30 second introduction as a mini speech. It is composed of 3 sections, Opening, Middle and Close. The opening is your introduction. “Hello, I’m Lisa Platt from West Valley Women.” The middle is your content. “West Valley Women is a locally owned networking organization. We’re in our 12th year of fostering business [...]
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 [...]
Networking is building a strong foundation or building out relationships. The stronger your foundation, the more business you will attract. Having a strong network is important on many levels. Knowing the person behind the business is helpful for when you need to call the expert. Who are you going to call? I am writing this [...]
"Helping with registration is an excellent way to meet people."
"Remember what it feels like to be new. Reach out to first time attendees" ~ Today's Networking Tip.
"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. [...]