Give More to Get More Out of Networking

December 22nd, 2015

Networking may be the most essential skill you will ever learn as a professional. However, many of the ideas that we have about networking are antiquated. The question, “what’s in it for me?” is no longer the most important question that you can ask yourself. Instead, you might want to start thinking about how you can best serve those you meet. Here is how you can give more to get more out of networking.

Be interested, not interesting.

Many people default to talking about themselves. While you might actually be the most interesting person in the world, the best way to connect with others is not to dominate the conversation. Instead, start asking others about themselves. Be genuinely interested in what they have to say and ask questions that help facilitate further conversation. More importantly, remember these details so you can follow up later, whether it’s that day or in the future.

Be a connector.

One of the best ways to facilitate additional connections is to figure out who you can introduce your new contact with in your current network. They may not be able to help you right away, but they may be able to help someone else. This not only strengthens the new connection but will enhance your other business relationships as well. Making that connection doesn’t have to be right away, but it can be days, weeks or even months down the line.

Ask for contact information.

Far too often people are concerned about passing out their own business cards at networking events. Instead, make it your mission to gather more business cards than you give away. Better yet, rather than asking for a card, pull out your phone and enter their information directly into your contacts. You even can quickly add their name to a note on your phone to contact your new connections in the near future.

Always follow up.

Finally, the day after any event where you’ve met new people, make an effort to follow up with them. Send a short thank-you note for taking the time to talk with you. Offer them opportunities to connect in the future, and remind them of the conversation that you had. All of this will help continue the connection past the initial meeting. Far too many people don’t follow up after networking events.

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What Type Of Office Setting Works

December 18th, 2015

The layout of your office is one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make as a business owner. The good news is that this is a flexible decision that can change if you need to any time along the way. So is an open office with no set desks a good decision or a recipe for disaster? Or are cubicles too claustrophobic for your staff? Let’s take a look at the various types of office settings and how to know if they’re right for you.

Traditional Office Environment

This layout is still very popular for many organizations. It usually features smaller, enclosed offices, and a larger meeting space, like you might expect in a law firm. The size will depend on your actual business. If your company has very conservative values then you may want to consider a more traditional office space to showcase your mission statement to your customers.

Individual Cubicles

Cubes gained popularity in the U.S. workplace in the 1960s as a way for businesses to maximize large open spaces for as many employees as possible. Today’s cubes are usually individual workstations with computers, some storage, and a desk chair that will keep individual workers secluded but still in the same general space as their co-workers. Many companies decide on cubes because they are the easiest solution to space management.

Open and Collaborative Spaces

A new trend today is to eliminate both offices and cubicles and promote more collaborative work styles. Millennials are bringing this to the forefront, and many offices are embracing it. No employee has an established work space and all computers are mobile so collaboration can happen organically. This type of office environment is great for the creative company that wants to promote innovation.

Executive Suites

If you’re a very small business, renting an executive suite may be a reasonable solution for any office space concerns. This will give you a private workspace for two or three employees and the professionally amenities of a larger office just with the cost of your rent. They can help create a professional look to show to your clients that will help them perceive you as a larger organization.

Co-working Spaces

If you are looking for something different than an executive suite that embraces the collaborative nature of millennial-driven work places and work-from-home options, co-working may be a great choice for your business. These offices allow members to have both private and open places to work, collaborate or handle other projects. They are popping up all over the country and the trend has been met with a lot of positive energy.

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Making A Career Switch? Show Your Versatility

December 10th, 2015

Lots of professionals are deciding to enter the job market in a different capacity than their experience would indicate. It is okay to make a switch in your career, but it is up to you to sell a hiring manager on your experience, transferable skills, attitude,and the ability to adapt. So how can you show your versatility when you’re making a career switch? Here are some tips to help you along the way.

Focus on your transferable skills.

No single career exists in a bubble. What aspects of your former career can translate positively to the new company? Is there a strong customer service correlation? Perhaps your organizational skills in a previous job would help you break into an administrative position. There is always something that will apply to another field, so look for these commonalities.

Have a positive attitude.

Honestly, your attitude about your future will have just as big of an impact as your prior experience. You never want to appear desperate or entitled. You never want to speak negatively about your former career or employer. A positive, can-do attitude will go a long way toward convincing a new employer to take a chance on you. If you can sell yourself and believe in the switch, that will help with convincing the potential employer.

Demonstrate your adaptable personality.

Not only must you be positive, but you have to show how your personality is accustomed to change and ready to roll with whatever punches the new job will throw at you. There were aspects of your old job which required you to change course or direction at a moment’s notice, so incorporate those stories in your personal and professional narrative.

Showcase your accomplishments.

Another aspect, which is important for anyone looking for a job, is to share what you have accomplished in the past. Discuss how these past achievements could translate to your new industry and how you are expecting to continue on a course of success. Share data as much as possible, but don’t try to quantify everything.

Share how your continued education.

Finally, you want to instill a sense of confidence in your potential new employer. Show them what you’ve learned about the new industry on your own. What classes have you taken? How have you practiced? Have you volunteered? Create a portfolio or a project that you can show them to demonstrate what you already know. You might not be in a new industry yet, but showing that you are taking steps to learn about a new challenge will make a great impression.

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Take Your Introverted Personality and Become a Great Leader

December 4th, 2015

The first thing that comes to mind when most people think about what it means to be a successful leader is an extroverted personality. But do you really have to be that type of a people person to effectively lead others? The truth is that introverts have plenty of skills they can offer, and can easily excel in a leadership position. So how can you make your wallflower personality work for you in your career? Here are some tips to get started.

Good listening skills

This isn’t to say that extroverts are bad listeners, but introverts approach conversations in a different manner. Often, people listen only long enough to formulate their own response. But good leadership revolves around really understanding what it is your employees have to say. Use your instincts to your advantage. Offer to listen to questions, concerns or ideas and then really think about them before circling back to discuss further.

Ability to be prepared

Some extroverts love to live their life by barreling full speed ahead without much thought to the consequences. Introverts, on the other hands, tend to over think things in general. Over thinking isn’t a negative behavior, but it can stifle the ability to move forward. In a leadership role, allow yourself time to over think things and ask for help from your staff to implement them.

A calm, even presence in the office

You are also less likely to have mood swings that affect the team in general. Not to say you don’t have good days or bad days, but you probably are more even-tempered than some of your extroverted counterparts. Everyone knows the bosses that are quick to fly of the handle. The problem is, everyone has had one but no one likes to work for them. Remaining calm is a good first step to smart leadership.

Empathy to better understand

Another aspect where introverts have the market cornered is the ability to put yourself in the shoes of those around you. Introverts are known for their empathy, and this can be crucial in an office where there are a variety of diverse personalities working together. You can take a step back and allow yourself to understand where people are coming from. After taking that assessment, good leaders work out ways to communicate to the staff in a positive way.

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