Holiday Networking Events

December is the best month of the year to network. There are holiday networking events in every city.   To find local events check the on-line calendars for your industry and you’ll find that you can easily be out almost every night for the next few weeks.

Holiday networking events are a great way to show up and see familiar faces as December tends to draw out old friends.   If you’re not comfortable going to an event by yourself, invite a friend. This will make it much easier to meet new people as you and your friend can make introductions to each other.

Bring business cards and set your intention.  Are you at the event to:

  • Connect with old friends?
  • Meet new people?
  • Connect with potential employers?
  • Connect with new business opportunities?

Just know that you will always meet the right person.

It’s easy to return home and have a fistful of business cards. Choose a few people that you feel connected with and start the process of staying in touch – emails, an invitation to lunch or coffee, or forwarding something of interest.

Uncomfortable networking?  Check out “PowerLadder – Network Your Way to Career Success”  by Dianne Gubin and JoAnn Ashman available on Amazon.  We demystify networking and help you forge ahead in your career.

Happy Networking! Happy Holidays!

Let’s Keep America Working! ™

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To see more of Stuart Rosen’s work: www.gurustu.com
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Who’s Left on the Team?

 

Are you overwhelmed by the volume of work you need to accomplish?

 

Do you look around your office and see fewer people?

 

As a manager, making the decision on whom to downsize is agonizing.

 

According to a September 2008 article in Harvard Business Review, it’s important during times of transition to give the managers and leaders in your organization hope and empathy.   In fact, being supportive and a good listener can make all the difference in your ability to keep your job.  The article points out that “Companies like team players.  Research shows that collegiality may trump competence when push comes to shove.”  In other words, when given a choice, managers tend to keep people they like on the team.

 

During economic downsizings, it’s more important then ever to be sensitive to other people’s needs.

 

Empathy includes listening and appreciating the people who show up in our lives.  When friends and associates are really there for you, whether it’s for a life cycle event such as a wedding or funeral, providing a cheery word of support during your job hunt, or pitching

in on a project, it can make a huge difference.

 

For those who carry the load when the corporation has downsized, this can be an excellent opportunity to take on additional responsibilities and potentially learn new skills.

 

For the people who are truly there for you, regardless of the potential for a payoff or paycheck, be appreciative.  It can be as simple as sending a note, buying lunch, or saying thank you.

 

Thank you for being there.

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To see more of Stuart Rosen’s work: www.gurustu.com