How Do I Ask For A Professional Introduction On LinkedIn?

The Default LinkedIn Feature You Need to Avoid (and the Templates to Use Instead) Yesterday morning, I received this LinkedIn message: Aja, will you introduce me to Kayla? I had no idea who this person was. My first instinct was to reply with: Uh, do I know you? Also, I think you forgot the “please.” But I decided that this response (while satisfying) probably wasn’t the most professional. Then, I thought about ignoring the message. But that seemed unprofessional, too. … Continued

Eliminate Your Fear And Doubt — Improve Your Networking!!!

Networking Call To Action Following up is key to starting any successful networking relationship. But the timing and strategy behind your follow up are also essential. Do not be sloppy or negligent in your approach. You want to maintain your professionalism and continue to display a good impression. In your follow up, consider including a direct or meaningful call to action. This not only guarantees a response from the recipient but can also gauge their interest and commitment in doing … Continued

How Do I Work With My Network To Get A Job Referral?!?!

6 Tips on How to Get Job Referrals From Your Network Contacts One of the multiple benefits of leveraging on your personal or professional network as part of your job search efforts is that some of your network contacts may be somehow related to the industry or company of interest and can provide you with useful information and referrals. However, there are times that some contacts, especially those who you do not have a close relationship with, that may be … Continued

3 Basic Skills that Will Make You a Networking Master

3 Basic Skills that Will Make You a Networking Master We are constantly thrown into new situations — new jobs, new conferences, new mixers, new organizations, and new client meetings. Such scenarios are required for success. Yet, so many professionals do less than their best at managing new situations. Too often, people tend to feel awkward or timid in a room full of new people; they haven’t mastered their “getting-to-know-you” skills yet. Keith Rollag, an associate professor of leadership and … Continued

I Have A Conference — How Do I Improve My Business Networking Skills?

Business Networking Made Easy After years of networking to win business and meet new contacts I appreciate that the thought of attending business networking events and meeting new people to win business can be very uncomfortable for many people so they simply don’t do it. BUT it doesn’t need to be. Networking is simply about this: Remember that people have 3 fundamental psychological needs To feel loved To feel valued and important To feel that we belong So when meeting … Continued

Why Women Say “Sorry” and What to Do About It

Why Women Say “Sorry” and What to Do About It Many women often say the words “I’m sorry” in their day-to-day lives. While apologizing is not a bad thing, sometimes there is no apparent reason for them to feel bad and/or the situation is not their fault at all. Many females probably do this because apologies seem to be linked with the idea of politeness. Then, over time, “sorry” becomes a part of their daily vocabulary and they use it … Continued

I’m Traveling So Much, I Don’t Have Time To Network. What Do I Do?

Sky Networker In this day and age, networking can take place practically anywhere, including in the sky. Whether you are a consultant, business person or constantly traveling, you can infuse networking into your daily or weekly agenda. Use opportunities en route to and from the airport, waiting to board the plane or on the plane to mobilize your networking objectives. Listed below are helpful tips on how you can maximize your time and be effective in connecting and building relationship … Continued

Women Big 4 Accounting Associates – 5 Ways to Chart Your Path to An Accounting Partnership

Navigating Your Way to Professional Success It is a well-known fact that in many professions, men and women do not hold the same top positions, are not paid equally, and do not seem to have the same trappings of outward “success.” And, although there are many industries that provide a basis for the statistic, a major contributor to this problem is the grueling accounting field (which has commonly been perceived as a male-oriented profession). Indeed, why haven’t women “made it” … Continued

How Can Law Firms Keep Great Associates?

How Can Law Firms Keep Great Associates? Firms around the world constantly struggle to find and keep great associates. The shortage is particularly common in popular practice areas such as mergers and acquisitions, trademark, copyright, and patent prosecution. A lot of professionals have a mechanistic view of people as being interchangeable, when they should view people more organically. An organic view of people is far more accurate as firms are seen as integrated systems — and likely to make you … Continued

How to Brag at Work (Without Sounding Awful)

Advance Your Career through Bragging and Self-Promotion When it comes to talking about your own strengths and achievements, you may feel somewhat awkward, as though you might come off as conceited to your colleagues. Talking about yourself favorably can feel incredibly uncomfortable in even “acceptable” settings—resumes, cover letters, and interviews, for instance. It does not have to feel that way, though. In fact, occasionally bragging about what sets you apart from others and makes you right for the job can … Continued