5
Sep 2012

Are your networking efforts as effective as you think?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in NetworkingPeople I Meet

I was at an event recently.  I struck up a conversation with a man I’ll call Mike.  I asked him what he did and he told me he worked for a bank. A bank I’d never heard of.  Coming from Arizona – the land of the bank a minute – I’m used to being exposed…

6
Dec 2011

Introducing yourself at an event… are you seizing the moment?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

Last week, I was in a meeting full of very impressive businesswomen.  At one point during the meeting, every person stood up and took the time to introduce themselves.  I don’t know if people realize what an incredible opportunity this is.  The chance to own the floor, if only for a minute, during someone else’s…

2
Oct 2011

How do you build relationships if people are scared to talk to you?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in NetworkingPeople I Meet

I often say that it takes a lot of little impressions to make a big impression.  And it’s with this in mind that I think about the idea of approachability. It’s hard to build relationships when people feel like they can’t even talk to you. Have you ever said hello to people, only to have…

31
Aug 2011

The opportunity to network is all around you. Are you paying attention?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

Networking doesn’t just happen at formal networking events.  In fact, most of the really good networking is all around you.  You just have to be ready for it.  I went to Sydney and Bali recently.  I love travel, but I especially love international travel!  And because my husband and I have different airline allegiances, I…

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Mar 2011

Why I don’t talk about The Price Is Right at networking events.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

You know what I want to talk about when I go to a networking event?  The Price Is Right.  I love The Price Is Right!!  Absolutely love it!!  Not only do I watch the show, but I have the game loaded on my iPhone.  Nothing makes a workout go faster than running on the treadmill…

1
Nov 2010

What does your story say about you?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

I was at a networking event last week.  It was mostly for entrepreneurs and those looking to fund entrepreneurs.  And as I met person after person, I was amazed at what each person’s story said about them. Three people I met happened to be in a job search.  And that was pretty much the second…

5
Oct 2010

When it comes to networking, go big or go home!

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

I was speaking about networking at a conference a couple weeks ago, and I asked the attendees if they enjoyed networking.  One man raised his hand and said “I can’t stand it.  It’s boring.  I don’t meet interesting people.  Frankly, I’d rather stay home.”   And I thought about it for a second, and then said…

12
Oct 2009

How do you get out and network when you have a physical injury?

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Networking

Well, there’s no easy way to hide an injury – unless you do all of your networking over the phone. Diane, one of our Executives Network members, recently had a spinal cord injury from a horseback riding accident. Fortunately, she’ll be okay, but it’s been a setback in the job search.  She’s in a brace…

21
Sep 2009

How your conversations are keeping you from being an effective networker.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

Last week, I was talking to a friend of mine.  “How are you doing?” she asked.  “I’m really tired.  I was on six different planes and three different hotels in three days, but it was…”  Before I could get another word in, she took over the conversation and told me how tired she was.  She…

1
Sep 2009

How to dramatically increase your networking opportunities by making one minor change.

Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job SearchNetworking

I was riding my bike this morning.  I came up to an intersection to make a left turn.  I pulled into the middle of the intersection, just like someone in a car would.  As the traffic went rushing by on both sides, I started to feel a little exposed.  Okay, maybe more than a little…