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Networking Advice

Networking in Des Moines When You Don't Know a Soul

Sarah Pike | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business
Sarah Pike

You took the plunge and made the big move to Des Moines - congratulations! Even if you don't know anyone here yet, it doesn't mean you can't jump into the networking pool and start building strategic relationships.

5 Ways to Hit the Jackpot Networking in Vegas

Sarah Pike | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business
Sarah Pike

We're resisting the urge to toss famous Vegas song titles into this paragraph. You know they're going through all our heads: "Hey Baby, Let's Go to Vegas," "That's What You Get for Waking Up in Vegas," "Vi-va, Las Vegas."

8 Life Lessons I Learned Working at Google and Facebook

Justin Johnson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Justin Johnson

During Summer 2011, I started my first internship at Google HQ in Mountain View, California. Many thoughts raced through my mind as my start date neared. It was the first time in my life that I would live outside of Texas and would have a job that didn't require me to sell sneakers.

Networking Made Easy: 8 Conversation Starters For Those Who Don't Know Where To Start

Catriona Pollard | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
Catriona Pollard

Done right, networking can be the silver bullet for building your profile, gaining new business opportunities and building your career. But what happens when you show up to an event and just can't find ways to engage with others?

The Power of Networking With Women

Catriona Pollard | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
Catriona Pollard

It's very rare you'll walk into a room full of women who are there just to hand out business cards. In my experience, the majority of women network to build relationships they can use both personally and professionally. They get that business networking isn't about business, it's about life.

3 Steps to Better Networking

Ellevate | Posted 02.02.2015 | Women
Ellevate

Networking is a great way to build your business. In fact, it's pretty much a requirement for small and medium business owners these days. And yet, so many cringe at the thought, finding it stressful, frustrating and in the end, not very helpful.

Be the Closer: How to Start and End Conversations at Networking Events

FindSpark | Posted 02.01.2015 | College
FindSpark

Starting and ending conversations at networking is without a doubt where most of that unavoidable networking awkwardness occurs. But it doesn't have to be that way. There's nothing wrong in going into an event with some intro and outro ideas up your sleeve.

Networking at Thanksgiving in 5 Steps

Carlota Zimmerman | Posted 11.20.2014 | Small Business
Carlota Zimmerman

Whaaaat? Networking on Thanksgiving? Carlota, you (charming) succubus, you better check yourself before you wreck yourself. Thanksgiving is for emotio...

People Are Listening and You Haven't Said a Word Yet

Jagneet Singh | Posted 01.05.2015 | Business
Jagneet Singh

This means your appearance, your body language, and the way you carry yourself are identifiers of what you are about. Think of it like being the front cover of a book; the content could be extraordinary, but if it doesn't scream "pick me up!" only a select few actually will.

'Networking' In Your 20s

Liz Kaydanovsky | Posted 12.14.2014 | Small Business
Liz Kaydanovsky

In your 20s, you're a step above the naivety of your teen years but a step below the complexity of the rest of your life. It's at this stage in our lives we have a realistic future ideal, but we may not have the final blueprint down.

8 Ways to Amp Up Your Personality

Diane Gottsman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

When you are solely focused on building a career, everything else can seem inconsequential. Building new relationships, while maintaining existing ones, is an important part of your business success. How do your social skills measure up?

Connecting Versus Collecting - Think Before You Click

Mark Karten | Posted 09.14.2014 | Small Business
Mark Karten

Why am I so passionate and focused on connecting with people? Because I'm being given the opportunity to meet someone who may influence my life. If ...

10 Simple Rules For Successful Connecting

Mark Karten | Posted 09.06.2014 | Small Business
Mark Karten

Today you just have to type a one sentence email, yet some people still don't have the courtesy to acknowledge gifts.

Elevator Pitches Drive Me Crazy

Mark Karten | Posted 08.30.2014 | Small Business
Mark Karten

I guarantee you will increase your business if you clearly communicate what you do. The problem is that most people don't, wasting their time and energy unknowingly.

Top 10 Ways to Plug Into Success

Mark Karten | Posted 08.21.2014 | Small Business
Mark Karten

Overall, people buy from people they "know, like and trust." If you embody these traits, how do you get the word out that you can help them with their needs.

Why You Aren't Meeting Investors

Seth Goldstein | Posted 05.05.2014 | Business
Seth Goldstein

Nobody teaches you these rules. And people are too polite to tell you when you violate them. Understanding and following the laws of email are crucial to ensuring you get investor meetings.

High-Return Relationships for Holiday Networking

Molly Reynolds | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
Molly Reynolds

One of the major networking mistakes people make is asking for a favor too soon. And some continue to make it over and over again without a clue!

8 Ways to Generate New Clients From Networking Events

Dorie Clark | Posted 04.20.2015 | Business
Dorie Clark

The secret to getting new clients from networking events? Use "networking" to build real relationships -- and your new friends and colleagues will want to do business with you and send business your way.

Bernadette Noll: Build Your Tribe in 10 Steps

Bernadette Noll | Posted 10.28.2013 | Women
Bernadette Noll

The fact that I continuously meet remarkable new people on this life's journey is one of the biggest surprises of my adult experience -- and the very thing I tell young adults when asked about life's great surprises. Really? Incredible people just keep showing up? Yup.

Victory in Numbers

Amy Oraefo | Posted 10.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Oraefo

I enter every conversation and interaction believing that it only takes one "yes" to propel me forward. Of course, you must realize that no one can help you obtain your goals if you fail to share your goals with others.

Professional Networks

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 08.13.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Take two college graduates with similar levels of education and merit. The college graduate who grew up in a network of racial and economic privilege has an automatic advantage over the graduate who didn't.

Seizing Opportunities

Malene Barnett | Posted 06.23.2013 | Small Business
Malene Barnett

Turn your abilities into resources to help you grow your business. Don't be afraid to set a trend rather than follow one; and be bold, the rewards it brings are immeasurable!

Have Them From Hello

Jocelyn Greenky | Posted 05.07.2013 | Women
Jocelyn Greenky

"Hello." Have you ever thought about how you say that all-important word that starts every single chat?

Student Career Responsibility

Geoff Falen | Posted 05.05.2013 | College
Geoff Falen

Nobody disputes the value of parental wisdom, advice and support, but at a certain point, you've got to take responsibility for your future. Mom and Dad aren't doing you any favors if they're the ones jumping in and running point for your career exploration.

Why You Didn't Get That One-on-One Meeting -- and How to Ask Better Next Time

Ciara Pressler | Posted 04.16.2013 | Small Business
Ciara Pressler

The truth is that I donate my services quite regularly. But if I'm going to help you move forward in your career and keep my own, we need to get on the same page when it comes to valuing one another's time and expertise.