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Zoom or Bust?

This time last year Zoom may not have been part of your vocabulary, but fast forward a year: Now, even if you are using a different platform, the verb “to  Zoom” has become synonymous with virtual meetings.

So, now that we are nine months into mostly  virtual encounters, how are you faring?

Would you say your Zooms (and other virtual meeting platforms) are a boom or a bust?

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Today, I got this wonderful email, I thought it would be great to share.

Nadia,

I very much appreciated your presentation at yesterday’s Hartford Real Estate Exchange.  Your comments clearly validated many of my own practices.  I am often told that my energy sells and that I am passionate about what I do but frankly, I could not appreciate that until I was in your company yesterday to hear and see your passionate delivery and motivation.  In my work and life I am “business yenta”

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Thank you note I received

Thank you for the inspiring talk at the CREW meeting on 10/11.  I truly enjoyed it!  You are funny and very wise.

My firm is only 2 years old and I have called, emailed, faxed, and written prime consultants looking for subcontracting opportunities.  I am an urban planner, civil engineer and attorney – very transactional (smile).

I think I could have made a lot more headway if I had have asked to meet with them over lunch or tea. 

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Networking Is Critical

If you ever visit Hartford, CT, you should stay at the Goodwin hotel. It’s a boutique hotel with 2 level suites and a very friendly staff, who go out of their way to please.

My presentation to the Real Estate Exchange was on Networking, with a focus on “clubbing with the boys,” very pertinent since the program took place in the famous Hartford Club, the meeting place of many state senators.

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Turner Workshop

It is always wonderful to present a program for Turner because everyone works for different companies under the Turner umbrella. In today’s workshop there were people from CNN, Court TV (soon to be TruTV) TNT, TBS , Gametap, etc, etc. It’s great because it provides such variety in terms of networking.

We also spoke about the fact that I am South African, one of the participants, Nndike, is half Nigerian and another,

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Sanofi-Aventis

Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to spend the afternoon with District Sales Managers and Regional Directors with Sanofi-Aventis.It is always a challenge to speak about Networking with women who already do it so well.So, as always I spoke about how to take it to another level, how, as Emeril says, to “kick it up a notch”It really comes down to “mindset” especially as women; we tend to feel that Networking is expedient. We also discussed that we don’t like asking.What I have discovered,

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