Coffee Meetings 102: Ready or not

It's go time, folks. You're in a coffee shop facing the actual human you've got a coffee date with. It's a golden opportunity to make a doozy of an impression and maybe even a supporter for life. So... how do you do it? Captain Obvious says: make it about them Most expert types (including me) [...]

By | 2019-01-22T12:24:10+00:00 September 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Coffee Meetings 101: Are you ready?

Are you giving good coffee? Coffee meetings are great, even if you're like me and don't actually drink coffee (don't start with me, caffeine heads - it keeps me up all night long). Seriously, though, meeting one on one to figure out what the deal is with another person is networking at its finest, as [...]

By | 2019-01-22T12:31:00+00:00 August 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Battle of the Sexes: Networking Edition

Is networking different for women and men? How do issues of gender play into the history of networking? Does it matter? I believe there is a of yin and yang to networking. Whether because of history, or convention, or natural inclination, there are networking activities that are more strongly associated with women and others that [...]

By | 2019-01-22T12:32:37+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Biggest Barrier To Networking Success

No Foolproof Formula Sometimes, even if you follow all the expert advice, read all the books, and take all the courses, success is still elusive. This is true in any endeavour, but especially true in the world of networking and interpersonal relationship development. It can be tough to know the reason why, but there is [...]

By | 2018-05-02T14:19:12+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

If You Think Socializing Is Too Hard, You’re Right

Having a social life can feel like a full time job As someone who teaches and fosters social skills any way she can, I'm often struck by the unfairness of it all. Why do we live in a world where acquiring and maintaining one of the most basic human needs is such a struggle? Why [...]

By | 2018-04-19T11:08:07+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Many People Is Too Many People?

What makes a good network? Is it 10 people? 50? 100? 500? Quantity is something I think extroverts might experience as a special challenge. People who lean towards extroversion (including me) are always meeting people - it comes as easily as breathing. We almost can't help doing it. However, there's a problem. There comes a [...]

By | 2018-04-05T16:32:43+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Best Kept Networking Secret

What The Weirdos Know Have you ever known someone who is well connected in defiance of all logic? Maybe they're a little weird, a little abrasive. Maybe they are awkward and lack social graces. But they seem to know everybody anyway, have no trouble finding people to work with and play with. How the heck [...]

By | 2018-03-23T11:59:10+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Rejection: When It Isn’t About You

A few years ago, I was at an event and I saw someone whose work I admired, but whom I did not know personally. Let's call him Jeff. I decided to start a conversation. He was chatting with one other person, so I (using my trusty mingling skills) approached, waited for a break in the [...]

By | 2018-03-07T16:01:30+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments