Category: Networking For Success

ZOOMBAYA! Transform Your Online Connections Into Lasting Relationships

  1. Our lives these days can seem to consist of a sequence of virtual meetings, with interpersonal encounters as hard to pin down as the electrons that are zooming around the Internet. The isolation of the virtual world can be frustrating, but there are things you can do to ensure that it’s Zoombaya rather than Zoombyebye. As it happens, each and every virtual meeting provides the same opportunity to create meaningful relationships as in-person encounters.

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Network Most When You Need it Least!

One of the maxims I live by is, never take your network for granted. Building a long-term, collaborative network is a daily activity that requires you to both consciously cultivate and nurture your existing relationships and develop new ones. In fact,  the best time for you to work on maintaining the contacts you have and developing new resources is when you already have a job and are in a good place emotionally.  

All too often,  

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Be the HOST wherever you are. It’s a life-changer!

If I were your guest and you were having a party, hopefully you would welcome me and then introduce me to your other visitors, right?

You would do your very best to make me feel comfortable and welcome.

The ability to do this even when you are not at your own home and it is not your party is a superb skill — and one that can enhance your personal and professional life.

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Conversation Tips to Enhance Your Presence

We all live in dread of “dead air” – those awkward moments when you find yourself face-to-face with the need to have a conversation with someone you have just met. What follows are some tried and true conversation tips to keep in mind:

“Everyone you meet knows something you don’t”

Approach every conversation with the wonderful sense of having something to learn. As Bill Nye, the science guy says,

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Do You Come Across As Needy?

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to speak at  TEDxEmory. The overall theme was What Makes Your Heart Beat? My topic was Owning Your Confidence: How to Overcome Nervousness and Exude Confidence in High-Stakes Situations. I discussed several practical techniques to help you excel in even the most stressful of situations. They are practices I’ve developed over many years of being on television and speaking professionally. 

The first technique is learning to build a Positive Emotional Memory Database ™

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How do YOU Handle Awkward Encounters?

Awkward  encounters come in many forms, but the two that can cause the most discomfort are those when you are greeted by someone who treats you like an old friend when you have no idea who they are or how they know you and, conversely, when you clearly remember that you have  been introduced to someone several times, and they look at you blankly when you greet them.

So how do you handle these awkward moments without feeling humiliated or inflicting an insult? 

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The Greater Impact of Holiday Networking

“I hate going to holiday parties,” my friend Miri complained.

“What don’t you like?” I asked.

“I’m not great at mingling, and I don’t like making small talk.”

“Anything else?”

“I get tired of telling people my life history and what I do for a living,” Miri replied.

Do you ever feel like this?

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