This talks about everything technology is going to kill in the next six years. This is WHY understanding how to leverage online and offline is so important, especially when it comes to Networking!
Relationship Networking: The Art of Turning Contacts into Connections
Sandra Yancey is quite the trailblazer. She wrote a book many years ago that is a must read if Networking and Relationships are important to you and your business. The thing that I love about Sandra though is she more than talks the talk when it comes to networking. She walks the walk. Sandra has been a hugely supportive influence and mentor to me and I am grateful for her wisdom and the knowledge that she is one of my connections.
I’ve learned tons from her and put it all and more into use when preparing for any face-to-face networking event (click here to find out how)!
From Amazon.com: “Powerful people get things done – and those with thriving networks know who to call to make things happen. Networking master Sandra Yancey shares secrets and techniques behind her own phenomenal success to help women use their natural relationship-building talents to turn everyday contacts into powerful business and life connections. Hone the art of female conversation, discover an attitude of abundance, create a magnetic business presence, master the 20-second introduction, and turn your interactions into transactions.”
It was 5:00 a.m. and my alarm clock went off. It was snowing outside and I was supposed to be at my first ever Chamber of Commerce networking event at 7:00 a.m.
That morning I would have preferred a root canal.
The thought of getting out of my warm bed, going out into the cold to “network” with a bunch of strangers terrified me.
What if the person who invited me didn’t show up?
What if I was too dressed up? Or not dressed nice enough?
What if I was the first one there?
What if my name wasn’t on the list?
What if I didn’t know anyone?
The negatives that came up, the sweaty palms, the excuses I could have used that day – just not to go – were never ending.
I went in spite of my fear, and Jo-Ann (who invited me) was there. In fact, although I was the third person to arrive, she was already there waiting for me.
She was a gracious host. She stayed close and introduced me to others, ensuring I had a good time. If it wasn’t for her – I may never have gone back.
I still felt uncomfortable and, to be honest – even today I am not always jazzed about networking. There is always some apprehension, some vulnerability that creeps in when I am going to an event.
Have you ever felt this way?
I bet you have. I bet I am not the only one who feels this way.
The good news is, I have a system. One that I created out of feeling so awkward when it came to networking that has worked for me over and over again.
And, it incorporates online Social Networking with Face-to-Face networking. I created this system so that you can become a Networking Super Star too!
You have a communication plan, contacts you can reach out to, connections you have made in advance, and best of all you are CONFIDENT about how you show up.
For me, it all started with eWomenNetwork in Dallas, Texas.
I put my strategy to work before I went to the conference for the second year, and it worked magnificently!
My phone was buzzing with email, text messages and voice mails the minute I got off the plane. I got to connect and interact with most of the speakers at the event.
It was simply AWESOME!
It was easy to do, and best of all, it is easy for you to replicate! On April 5th I hosted a one-hour Live Webinar and I recorded it so that you could learn the secrets too! In this workshop I teach the power of using Social Networking online to make your Face to Face networking experience simply amazing.
If you are an introverted extrovert like me (love being with a group of people I know, hate walking into a room full of strangers) this is for you.
It is going to absolutely CHANGE how you view Networking and make it easy, fun and effective for you and your business. Click Here to check it out!
Q: How would someone use LinkedIn to look for a job?
A: When you go to LinkedIn, on the right hand side where the search bar is it say people. There is a drop down arrow on the word “people”. Select the down arrow and pick “Jobs”. Enter a keyword and press search.
This will take you to a page with a bunch of job listings and, on the left side, it will show you advanced search options where you can search by keyword, city, company, distance from where you are etc.
You can also use Social Networks like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to meet and interact with others in your industry. Meet up with those contacts at live networking events and see if they can help you get your foot in the door. Learn more about using Social Networking to improve your Face-to-Face Networking by Clicking Here!
You can also go to www.LinkedIn.com/jobs and view a bunch of different options too!
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You have a choice – you can go to that early morning networking session or…you can go for a root canal. Which would you prefer?
I know for some people (including me once upon a time) a trip to the dreaded Dentist would have been much more preferable than walking into a room full of strangers! So, just for you, I hosted and recorded a one-hour workshop to teach you how to Use Social Media to Become a Networking Rockstar!
I still remember the anxiety I used to feel:
What if I didn’t know anyone at all?
What if no one wanted to talk to me?
What if someone I didn’t like was there?
What if I was dressed inappropriately?
What if I went to the wrong spot?
Maybe it wasn’t a good day to drive? Too hot, too cold, raining, snowing….
I could always find an excuse; it was easy. This thing called Networking that everyone said you had to do just wasn’t for me. I had a hard time breaking into groups and I wasn’t about to be that person who ran around the room collecting business cards.
Then, I discovered Social Media and Online Networking. It changed EVERYTHING.
I now had a system, a process that I could put in place when it came to face to face networking. I had a process I could follow prior to the networking event, during the networking event, and even after the networking event and it worked like a charm!
The truth is, there are LOTS of other people who do not love networking and my system allows YOU to make THEM feel much better about being at the Networking Event. By doing so you become THAT person – the one everyone wants to talk to!
You know exactly what to do to stand out and get noticed in a way that feels authentic and aligns with your core goal – to meet new people and foster relationships that are professionally win/win/win.
In this workshop I teach you everything I know that has me networking like a pro and now speaking at the conferences I was once afraid of networking at!
- Learn the powerful, three step process that allows you to take control of your networking experience, eliminate FEAR, and be a Confident and Competent Networker.
- You will learn my 5 Secrets to making every in-person networking event simply awesome – you will NEVER sweat meeting new people again.
- I will uncover the Four Mistakes most inexperienced Networkers make that damage relationships and cost them money.
- Lastly, I will share with you the details most people miss that really do make a difference and are critical to your success.
And the best part? Every skill I am going to teach you is transferrable to attending conferences so you can show up and feel like you know the crowd before you get there!
If networking is part of your business – you will LOVE this session jam packed with easy to implement tips and bringing Networking into the 21st Century so you can have fun, connect easily and get results!
This video is an oldie but a goodie and it fits right in with the workshop on Using Social Media for Face-to-Face Networking!
I shot this last year before the eWomenNetwork Conference and then, I practiced what I preached! I had a fantastic time at the Conference and saw many of my new Social Media friends.
Even better? We’re still friends and several have become clients or even referred business to me!…
Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think
Providing abundance is humanity’s grandest challenge–this is a book about how we rise to meet it. We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions. An antidote to pessimism by tech entrepreneur turned philanthropist, Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.”
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I’ve been preparing for our upcoming webinar on the Brand of You on Facebook and this blog post ended up in my inbox via Mashable:
Is your brand ready for this? Are you ready for this?
Come on – be honest and….click the like button on this blog post if you are guilty…
At least once in the last 30 days (maybe even in the last 24 hours?) you have logged into Facebook and looked at some photo, some link or some video that someone has shared in your news feed and made an instant judgement about that person. Maybe it was a little something like this…
“OMG I can’t believe she said that, what was she thinking”
“Wow, that’s a bad picture of her, I wouldn’t have shared that if it were me.”
“Look, she spelled that word wrong! Duh.”
“Single again huh? Maybe she should stop posting her relationship status.”
or maybe it was “I can’t believe she got so many fricken comments by saying something so dumb!”
It’s ok, you can admit it. Your secret is safe with me.
You have judged…or you have friends who have judged, and it’s been recently too. It happens all the time.
We judge people based on how they look, what they do, and what they say. How can you NOT make judgements?
In fact, truth be told, our brain is WIRED to notice what is different. We can’t help but see what stands out and when something is just a little off…We judge.
The question you should be asking yourself right now is: How can you turn those judgements into something positive? How can you make the impression one that garners you brand recognition?
We went deep into this topic during the Facebook Branding Webinar, and we are going to go through all the ways the new Facebook Timeline can help. But, in the meantime I want you to consider this:
What impressions do these three things make right now?
1. Your cover photo
2. Your profile picture (please don’t let it be of your dog. I know, my mom does that but hey – she’s not in business!)
3. Your last status update
Now that you have looked at these three things – tell me, does it tell the story of your brand you want it to tell?