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Career Success: Make Sure People Remember You After Events
April 30, 2010 at 11:19 am 2
For most women it's fun to go to events, meet new people and find new connections. It's all a part of the career game - expanding your sphere of influence and building a solid network of connected people. This can help for anything from finding inspiration from other successful women, meeting new people in high places that can help when you are job hunting, or even meeting people that can help you fundraise for your favourite charities. If you look at almost any successful person, they are surrounded by a network of other successful people. But how do you get these people at parties and events to remember you? Here are a few tricks to make sure you stick in people's minds: fun_hat Accessorize with something different This may sound silly, but it works. Wear something that sets you apart and is a good conversation starter with strangers. At a recent event I wore this crazy feather and lace hat, because I wanted to wear something that people could talk about, but also if I contacted them later I could mention that I was the lady with the feathered hat and they would remember me. It worked too - everyone I approached and introduced myself to commented on my hat and everyone responded to my emails when I said hello from the lady with the feathered hat! Wear bright colours When you go to events take a look at how many women and men are wearing black or dark colours. Probably more than 75%! So if you want to be easy to find later at the event wear something bright. It will make you stand out and you will also be noticeable in any pictures that are taken. When you contact the people you met again you can mention how you were the girl in the yellow shirt and everyone will remember. Ask about your new contacts hobbies, interests, or anything slightly different If you can start a conversation and somehow tap into your new friends interests, passions, or hobbies you might find that you have something in common, and can develop an emotional connection...which is the best way for people to remember you! Even if you don't have much in common you can ask questions and learn some cool new stuff that you didn't know before! Smile, and look like you are having a good time People like to surround themselves with other people that make them feel good. So when you meet people smile, nod, laugh (not fake though), and loosen up. It's more likely for people to remember you if you leave a positive impression in their minds. Introduce the people you just met to the people you already know If you seem like you are connecting people and can offer something to others they will appreciate it, and think more fondly of you...therefore remembering you. If you seem like someone who is dominating a conversation, won't introduce your new friend to others and don't really offer anything the person will likely forget you...or worse yet, avoid you in the future!
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Life
Doing Good Feels Good! How Helping Charities Helps You
March 26, 2010 at 7:17 am 0
This week has been a bit of a whirlwind of charitable events - it's pretty tiring but so great to get out, meet new people, and help raise money for great causes!

make new connections at fundraising events

make new connections at fundraising events

Last night, along with other great bloggers like Lisa and Wendy who run The Hip and Urban Girls Guide, Ali and Alex from Chickadvisor, and Sandy from Reinventing Sandy B we attended the TwestivalTO event which raised an amazing $20,000 for concern. You can check out The Hip and Urban Girls Guide coverage of the event here. On Wednesday night there was also a super cool fundraiser at O Noir restaurant - where you dine in the dark which helped raise money for Angels in the Night - a charity that raises money to help the homeless. Not only do these events help raise money for great causes, but they are also good for you! They provide an excellent networking opportunity, a chance to meet new people, and you never know - you might make a business connection, make a new best friend, or get a new date.

charitable events are a great way to meet new people

charitable events are a great way to meet new people

If you find it hard to meet new people or talk to strangers, it's almost like trying to meet guys - here are some great tips on how to talk to guys that you can also use to meet new people or network at events. To make sure you actually go up and introduce yourself to strangers set a goal for how many new people you are going to meet - say 3 for your first time. Look around at people that are alone, that look interesting, or that look like someone you would like to get to know better. It's easier than you think and could be the start of something great in your life! Photo Credit: altru world and #twestivalTO on Flikr
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