Networking Blunders: How Embarrassing!

Networking Blunders: How Embarrassing!

Embarrassing things happen all the time but what do you do if you find yourself in the ultimate embarrassing situation at a networking event?  Networking events are the one place where we pride ourselves on putting our best foot forward; making that perfect first impression.

Moo.com asked their Facebook followers to share their most embarrassing networking stories.  WOW! The responses ranged from the simple blunders to some pretty unusual errors in judgment.

I’m happy to say that I have never shown up in my pajamas to an event. Poppy seed stuck in my tooth? Maybe. Broken bra strap? Maybe. A high heel pop off causing me to choose between walking with an awkward limp or go barefooted back to the hotel. Possibly. Calling someone by the wrong name all night (still don’t know why he didn’t speak up and correct me). Yes.

Whether you’ve had your fair share of slip-ups or have repeated nightmares about the possibilities, you’ll see that the responses Moo received prove that you aren’t alone.

Misery loves company so pop on over to our Facebook page and tell us YOUR most embarrassing networking story. We promise we won’t laugh (too hard).

See you there~

Michele

Mike…Mike…Mike….Guess What Day It Is!

Mike…Mike…Mike….Guess What Day It Is!

(Camel is walking through an office suite)

Camel:  “Uh-oh! Guess what day it is?? Guess what day it is! Huh…anybody? Julie! Hey…guess what day it is?? Ah come on, I know you can hear me. Mike Mike Mike Mike Mike… What day is it Mike? Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Leslie, guess what today is?”

Since this commercial aired, everywhere you turn someone is referencing the Hump Day camel.  If you have not seen a pin on Pinterest, an Ecard on Facebook or received an email with a hump day camel reference, I dare say that you are in the minority (for which you should be thankful).

But let me ask you this…when you think about that commercial does your mind immediately go to the company it represents?  Is it an entertaining commercial that takes you a minute to remember the brand?  Do you remember the brand at all?

Now think back to another commercial you love.  It would depend where you are located geographically but here in the southeast the Publix commercials come to mind.  During the holiday season they have a few commercials with no words at all, just music.  When it hear that music (no matter where I am or what I’m doing) I immediately think of Publix.

The difference between the two has to do with how they make you feel.  Although both commercials are enjoyable, the emotions that they stroke and connection that they make are very different.

Now think about your personal brand.  When you network, meet people, attend luncheons or talk to others about your brand, how easily will they remember you days, weeks or months down the road?  Did you represent your personal brand in a way that will allow it to be an instant recall in their minds much like the wordless Publix commercial?  Will it be the enjoyable encounter that lacks the POP needed to be instantly memorable?

Taking the time to make a true connection is the difference.  A true connection can happen when you focus less on yourself and more on others.  So often we put the emphasis on telling others what we do and how our brand/service/product can help them that we forget to find out exact what their needs are first.  Ask questions, be curious, and learn about who they are and what they do.  When we take the time to do this, we create that something much deeper than the superficial exchange of business cards.  By being genuinely intrigued, you will produce that feeling for others which will create that memorable connection.

This may not come natural for you and that is okay.  Most good communication skills take time and practice.

Today, I challenge you to “ask more and talk less” – the results will make you happier than a camel on hump day!

Thanks for reading~

Are Baby Boomers Embracing Social Media?

Are Baby Boomers Embracing Social Media?

I am not going to tell you my age however I will tell you that the article, Baby Boomers and Social Media, held a lot of interest for me as it asks the question “When will baby boomers and social media become synonymous?”

I love social media! My sister, 7 years my senior, got her first computer recently. Until that time, people were shocked when they asked for her email address and she admitted that she didn’t have one. Most of us can’t even imagine our day to day world without a computer, email, Facebook, Twitter and anything else we are addicted to on the World Wide Web. Have you ever tried to “unplug” during vacation, for a single day or even for a single meal?  I don’t know about you but I’ve tried and sadly failed. It was hard as hell!

Baby Boomer or not, this article sheds some light on the Pew Internet Project’s research related to social media. I found it very interesting so give it a browse and let us know what you think.

Thanks for reading~

Michele

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Marc Miller of Career Pivot is an author, speaker and coach for Baby Boomers looking to make a career change that better fits their lifestyle. This article was used with Marc’s permission. You can find Marc on LinkedIn and at www.careerpivot.com. [/author_info] [/author]