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Self Promotion For The Shy Entrepreneur: 3 Tips
August 18, 2010 at 10:00 am 0
Most people assume that if you are an entreprenuer you must have loads of confidence...but that's often quite far from reality. You know how most of the time you feel pretty good about yourself, but then something little, maybe a comment in a meeting, noticing your clothes look ragged, or something huge like a big project falls through, just throws you way off. When you are an entrepreneur you have to face these challenges every day! You are always putting yourself out there, trying to get as much attention as possible, and not being shy to tell people what you do, your company name and your 10 second elevator speech. Confidence in your abilities or your business often intersect with your confidence as a person, and that's where sometimes you may falter. And it will happen to everyone. “The first time I did a show out in the field, it took 20 times to get my intro down pat,” says Amber MacArthur, 34, founder of Web agency MGI Media, technology specialist, TV personality and author of Power Friending: Demystifying Social Media to Grow Your Business. If someone so accomplished can feel so uncomfortable, it's easy to imagine that it happens to absolutely everyone, and it will happen to you too. The best remedy is to "fake it till you make it", but in a very real way, don't pretend to be a German Sheppard when you're really a Golden Retriever puppy. Just be yourself, with a great ability to pick yourself, dust yourself off, and go forth and self promote again! Because, after all, you are your brand! You need to self promote to build your business, no matter what you are selling. To make your brand building online Amber has these 3 simple suggestions: No. 1: Make sure you have a website. Tools such as SquareSpace and Wordpress make it really easy to build your own site. No. 2: Use a lot of social media tools to get out there and network. Integrate tools such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook into your website, so essentially your website is a home base for all of your branding efforts. No. 3: E-mail really is a social network. The number of people who e-mail you on a regular basis is enormous. So within your e-mail network, turn your signature into something where you link to your personal website, Twitter and Facebook accounts, and really use that to promote yourself As an example, preview the email signature below -- Ingrid Menninga Founder www.cashmereclutch.com Help Us Get to 150 Friends on this Facebook Page; Click and Like us Please Twitter Cashmere Clutch is a women's lifestyle site focusing on living a balanced, fulfilling and fabulous life. Visit us at www.cashmereclutch.com -- There's lots of contact information above, and you can clearly figure out what the business is, how it helps people, and how you can stay connected online. Also, the "Help Us Get 150 Facebook Fans" Tactic is a new one, but seems to help increase the number of fans on the page. Try it out for your business and let us know how it goes.
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New! Cashmere Clutch Women In Business Networking Group
August 4, 2010 at 8:57 am 0
cashemere_clutch_successful_women Cashmere Clutch Women In Business Network is a meeting place for positive, motivated and "take life by the horns" type women that have carved out their own concept of success. Featuring everything from interviews with successful female entrepreneurs to investment advice, to fitness challenges, to fashion and travel, Cashmere Clutch Women In Business Network is the network for fulfilled and fabulous women looking to connect with like minded ladies. Make sure you join us here
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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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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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