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Halloween Season is Here!
Some folks are ready to say Candyman in the mirror fives times or run through the haunted house with the ghosts, some would rather not. If you are the latter, we get it. You are one to show up to a Halloween party dressed as a cute themed character from your television show or enjoy an impromptu photo opportunity at a pumpkin patch. But, for our lovers of fall and not all things spooky and scary, it’s time to conquer a fear that cripples so many... networking.
Here are six tips to help you...
First, use our Networking Notebook to write down your networking bucket list. This is a place where you can dream. Get as creative as your imagination can take you. Who would you like to meet? Who are some industry leaders? Write down their names and a description of why you want to work with them. Also, take a page or two and describe your goals, from immediate to long-term. The Networking Notebook is a space to help you manifest your heart’s desires.
Next, challenge yourself. What do we mean? We mean step out the box, do something you would never do. We’ve got a challenge for you! Jot down your favorite number. Got it? Good! That is the number of people you need to meet in a week, it doesn’t matter if it’s online or in person. Did your blood pressure shoot up? That means it’s a challenge. We will give you a freebie, message our account on Instagram and we will be your first network connection. You can thank us later.
Third, It’s time to practice! Yes, we are talking about practice. It is time to practice your conversational skills to become more comfortable and intentional with your words.
Fourth, change starts in the mind. Recite an affirmation. You may feel silly at first, but remember no one is watching you. Say it as loud and with as much confidence as you can. We have the perfect affirmation for you to bet a networking expert. Write down, ‘my network is my network by meeting new people I can make more money’. Put that piece of paper on your bathroom mirror, and recite that affirmation every morning.
Fifth, find a crew. Join a networking group or industry-related organization. To take your business or life to the next level, we must surround ourselves with people that we can relate to and inspire us.
Sixth, if all else fails if you attend a Halloween party with friends or take your child trick or treating, wear your Ask Me What I Do Signature Shirt. You will be meeting new people, so why not? Have a Spooktacular Halloween!
We can enjoy an innocent Halloween story like Casper. In the 90s version of ‘Casper, The Friendly Ghost’ a therapist and his daughter help the ghost of a young boy fight off goons and evil spirits. He remained present, and even though he was a ghost, he didn’t ghost his new friends. Life gets busy, but don’t ghost new people you meet, follow up.
Once you sport the Ask Me What I Do Signature Shirt, the floodgates are open. Every corner you turn, you will meet new people. It can be overwhelming. Have you heard of the question, ‘how do you eat an elephant?’ The response is, ‘one bite at a time.’ That is how we want you to handle meeting an infatuation of new people.
After meeting each person, jot down that encounter in your phone or our Networking Notebook. Include something memorable about what you talked about; maybe it was a question regarding your business or how they have a vacation coming up. These are nuggets of information you can use to spark conversation in an email, call, or direct message. If you reference a topic you discussed, it shows people you were listening intently and not responding, which is a sign of a great leader.
Schedule a follow-up as soon as possible. If you are going to be the next tycoon, you must keep a current calendar. While you may think you can rest on your memory, task and people can fall through the cracks. It doesn’t matter if you use an old school planner or a digital google calendar. We recommend reaching out within two days if possible. However, we know people get busy, so add a follow-up appointment to your Sunday ‘to do’ list. Give yourself a time limit to send emails or direct messages, even if it’s just 15 or 30 minutes.
The network follow-up is necessary; it helps build trust. Building a solid relationship can help turn a quick chat in the elevator into an important business deal. When you reconnect with the people you meet is like watering a seed you planted. You might not know when it will grow, but you are bound to reap the rewards with consistent TLC.
As the weather starts, the cool, hot girl and hot boy summer comes to an end; folks begin to consider potential relationships. We’ve got the perfect item that could spark the next power couple or friend group. So often, networking is focused on career transactions, for example, who and how can they give me a promotion or job milestone. We think it is time for sisterhoods, brotherhoods, and even marriages to blossom out of networking.
Our “Network & Chill Tee” will surely turn heads. One can’t help but think about the phrase that references the popular streaming app and spending time with a romantic partner. At the core of the pop-culture statement is the desire to spend quality time with someone important and of value in your life.
Why not spend time with a love interest and talk business?
She could be the Michelle to your Barack if you give it a chance. In addition to talking about our favorite food and how many children your crush has, take time to learn about their career or entrepreneurship dreams. You may have a connection your future bae could benefit from. Helping your significant other reach a career triumph is rewarding, remember a happy wife means a happy life.
Expanding your friend circle can have exponential gains.While a new person may approach you because your shirt makes them laugh, the commonalities doesn’t stop there. You can learn about your new associate’s interest, goals, and ideas; which could lead to a new business opportunity for you. Could you have a product to sell and they are a buyer for a top retail store? Maybe you are a new real estate agent wanting to expand your client base and you attend the same poker night as a soldier moving to town with his young family? Sometimes you are the not exact missing puzzle piece but you could be the one who connects people who need each other. The root word of network is net. A net is a collection of points that are connected or a string woven together at regular intervals. It is that definition when applied to people can help spread information or help a person get from one point to another. We must utilize those we know including friends to assist us in reaching a goal.
Sporting this red t-shirt will spark interesting conversations and if nothing else many laughs by bypassers. Whether it be at a trap music brunch party or a wine down Wednesday at a former classmates, wearing ‘Network and Chill’ t-shirt commands the room’s attention. This shirt will definitely have you considering what you do after hours for your brand.