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Etiquette Awareness — Networking Impressions

Posted by Corey Kaster on March 23, 2010

Networking. It’s what you do to promote yourself and obtain referrals, meet new people, learn about the services they have to offer and how you can be of help to them, whether you are a business owner, someone who is employed by a company, or in the job seeking market.

I would like to share some observations from a recent networking meeting I attended:

  • An individual chewing gum, mouth open, the entire time. Smacking sounds optional.
  • A nicely attired young man, white dress shirt, tie, slacks … and filthy sneakers.
  • During his self-introduction, someone mentioned a competitor by name and blatantly insulted and criticized their practices in comparison.
  • After introducing himself by professional title, an individual stated that he was there to network, “although I don’t think any of you are of the caliber and client level I typically deal with.” Ouch! You have no idea who I know or with whom I associate.
  • 8 out of 14 people introduced themselves by first name only. How do you want to be remembered? Use both of your names!
  • As a follow-up to receiving my business card at the meeting, one person put me on their email list of informational updates. Possession of my card does not constitute permission to add me to an email list; that is SPAM and it is illegal (not to mention extremely irritating).

Keep in mind that these were simply my observations; this is not a result of any actual interaction I had with these people.

Remember…

People watch people; they notice body language, they way you dress, the expression on your face and the words you speak. They form conclusions about you, how you do business, what type of person you are, often times without ever speaking with you directly.

What kind of message are you sending?

Please feel free to send me any of your

etiquette or customer service questions or stories!

Previous editions of Etiquette Awareness

may now be viewed at my website,

www.jodiblackwood.com


Jodi Blackwood

Business Etiquette & Customer Service Specialist

Speaker & Seminar Leader

“Etiquette is about polishing your approach,

not changing who you are.”

mailto:jodi@jodiblackwood.com

360-798-4912

www.jodiblackwood.com

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Etiquette Awareness — Make The Most of Your Profile

Posted by Corey Kaster on March 17, 2010

Networking … it’s something we all do. We attend early morning meetings, break away in the middle of the day for lunch hour events, and sometimes get home late in the evening because of business social obligations. You are working to make others aware of you, to promote your business and obtain referrals, while at the same time, meet new people, learn about the services they have to offer and how you can be of help to them. It can be a full time job in and of itself.

Many networking groups have websites that offer their members the opportunity to create an on-line profile through which they may provide site visitors with information about themselves and their business.

Make the most of this sales tool by including relevant, useful information:

  • Your full name. When visitors scroll through a directory, don’t make them guess how you listed yourself. They will simply move on to someone else.
  • Contact information. This includes email and a telephone number. If you have a website, include that as well. If you aren’t promoting it, why do you have it?
  • The name of your company.
  • A brief description of what it is that you do. Just as you have worked to perfect your 30 second introduction, you should also be able to describe what type of services you have to offer in a few sentences. The name of your company doesn’t always provide adequate information.
  • A photograph. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a professional head shot; a nice photograph of your face without a lot of background distraction will also work. This is especially helpful as it can foster name / face recognition when you actually meet someone in person.

If the site allows for you to include upcoming activities your company is hosting or participating in, list them. If you have a blog or write articles, include them, or a link to them, on your profile. You want to draw people in to your site, spark their curiosity and interest. Just as you strive to make a good impression when you are interacting with someone in person, you want to do the same when your on-line profile is being reviewed. If someone is curious enough to look you up, provide them with information!

Remember…

Keep in mind that just as you do not stay the same, day after day, neither should your profile. Go back and periodically review it. Do you have additional information to add? Has anything changed?

Having a complete on-line profile is part of networking; it will help you sell yourself when you aren’t around.

Please feel free to send me any of your

etiquette or customer service questions or stories!

Previous editions of Etiquette Awareness

may now be viewed at my website,

www.jodiblackwood.com

Jodi Blackwood

Business Etiquette & Customer Service Specialist

Speaker & Seminar Leader

“Etiquette is about polishing your approach,

not changing who you are.”

mailto:jodi@jodiblackwood.com

360-798-4912

www.jodiblackwood.com

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Networking: Motivate Yourself and Help your Business Grow

Posted by Corey Kaster on February 24, 2010

As an entrepreneur you may hear a lot about networking and wonder what all the hubbub is about. Networking, both online and off, is a wonderful way to build connections in your industry. It’s a terrific way to increase awareness, build your customer base and ultimately boost your profits. However, you probably know that already. What you may not know is that networking is also a wonderful way to motivate yourself.

Impress Them

Networking pushes you to be at your absolute best. If you’re putting forth the effort to network, you’ll want to stand out. So when you communicate with the public, strive to make your first impression peerless, by being ready, willing and able to give them an informative and inspirational pitch about your business.

Connections Count

You never know where you’ll meet your next business partner, a superior customer or one of those coveted ‘Paul Revere type’ of individuals who spreads news faster than CNN. If you meet a ‘Paul Revere’ and can get them excited about your business, you’ve just launched your business into a whole new arena.

Moves You Forward

Because networking is usually a scheduled event, it accomplishes two things. It drives you to prepare before you head to the website or event. And it pushes you too put some serious thought into how you present yourself both online and off. Networking forces you to think about your business, where it’s going, what your future plans are, and how you want to be perceived.

Ideas Ignited

For most people, networking with other successful people sparks their competitive spirit. We see other successful people and think, “If they can do that, so can I.” We hear great ideas, product launches, marketing tactics and business strategies and we think, “How can I do this too? Hearing the stories of others is very motivating!

Mindset Shifts

Finally, networking both online and off (though online networking can be done in your pajamas with unruly hair and un-brushed teeth) makes us feel and act more professionally. For the most part, the simple act of being a professional makes us feel more professional. We start to feel less like a person who works at home in their pajamas and more like a business person, a CEO, and most importantly, a successful entrepreneur.

Deanna Maio, Certified Professional Coach, is the Founder of SavvyGals Coaching & Consulting, LLC in Portland, Oregon. Her specialty is teaching women business owners how to stop wasting time, start making more money, and live the life they deserve and desire.

She started coaching in 2005 to help other busy people get the information, support, and accountability they needed to deal with the sometimes overwhelming prospect of running their business while still having a fulfilling personal life.

Prior to starting her own business, Deanna spent over 10 years as a manager, instructional designer and workshop facilitator. An unconditionally supportive coach and sought-after speaker and facilitator, Deanna is known for her passion and dedication to helping her clients create better results faster and easier than ever before.

Deanna recently finished contributing to her first print book, GPS to Success, which is slated for publication in Spring 2010. You can learn more about Deanna and her coaching, programs and products at her website, http://www.savvygals.com/

Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated!

Write us at deanna@savvygals.com

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