Posts made in 2012

My 5 most popular posts of 2012

Posted by in Ask SandyJK, networking, strategy

As a holiday treat, I thought I’d curate and share some of the most popular posts on my blog. I hope you enjoy and Happy Holidays! :-)

Please comment below with which of these was the most relevant to you or your favorite. Thank you!

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Life as a Consultant Means Embracing Networking

Posted by in Consulting, networking, resources

A recent study shared on the PayScale blog had some interesting results that I just had to share.

As a consultant, “you’ll spend over $7,000 a year on marketing: 22 percent of consultants say that they spend most of their time networking, while 38 percent of them say that referrals earn them the most revenue.” Basically, life as a consultant means you’ll need to embrace networking and know how to effectively cultivate referrals from your network.

More below or click the image to view the infographic from Zintro on the PayScale blog. And, if you need help developing a networking strategy or referral program, just contact a consultant like me because I can help!

Zintro's infographic on The Salary Reporter blog on


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Networking Tip Sheet for Making the Most of the 2012 Holiday Season

Posted by in Ask SandyJK, networking

( 2012 Tip Sheet: With the hectic holiday season upon us, and all the opportunities for socializing and networking that go along with it, networking expert, Sandy Jones-Kaminski, shares her top 5 tips.

Sandy Jones-Kaminski’s book, “I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???” was the #1 pick on the 2010 Business Book Wish List and she speaks nationally on the topics of networking, personal branding and social networking tools like LinkedIn. Her focus is on teaching others how to connect and grow their networks all year long and here she shares how you can make the most of your time at the many social events during this unique time of year.

Here are her expert tips on cultivating connections and growing your network this season:

1) Don’t take networking too seriously. It can and should be fun. Connect with the intention of helping others rather than simply expecting to find the elusive perfect job or client. Relax, take the pressure off yourself and focus on what you can bring to the party or offer in the form of contacts, knowledge or resources.

2) Improve your outlook and your fortune will change. If you have a negative outlook on networking, you’re probably sabotaging your chances at connecting with the “right” people. Put all the negative or disappointing encounters behind you and focus on “what’s possible.” As Vince Lombardi said, “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.”

Enjoy the snowflake season!3) Take a proactive approach and get off the couch or out from behind your computer screen and get out there! Remember, as the Roman philosopher Seneca said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” You eventually have to meet people to know if you’ll really connect with them, and the more people you meet, the more likely you are to find the “right” people for you.

4) Keep the alcohol consumption to a minimum if you’re at an event where it’s being served. Being relaxed is good, but having your buzz on and then acting inappropriately is not a good way to be memorable at any event.

5) Be sincere, open and follow through on your commitments. Authenticity leaves a lasting impression, and even if you don’t find a way to assist each other immediately, you never know when someone might introduce you to a key new contact down the road.

Sandy Jones-Kaminski is the principal consultant and CCO of Bella Domain Media. She’s also the author of the #1 pick on the 2010 Business Book Wish List titled, “I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???” A marketing communications and business development professional, keynote speaker and self-described “connector,” she empowers and motivates audiences and her clients to invest in themselves and their networks by teaching them how to make their connections matter. You can learn more at or reach her via Twitter (@sandyjk).

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What to shelve from 2012? It’s leave behind list time!

Posted by in strategy

It’s officially time to start making a list of the things you’d like to leave behind in 2012!

As I shared a few years ago, my hubby and I learned about a very helpful year-end tradition that we’ve embraced. For us, and other folks that aren’t fans of a new years resolution list, making a list of the things you’d like to shelve from 2012 allows us all to create space for the things we really want to have in our lives in the New Year. We usually start our lists over the Thanksgiving Day weekend and then add to them up until New Year’s Eve.

Be sure you can print it though, and then late on Dec 31st, say a little “goodbye” to your entire list and do something dramatic with it like burn it in your fireplace, flush it down the toilet, bury it in the sand at the beach or in the dirt in the woods or somewhere other than your backyard (it’ll still be around if you do that).

If you’d like an example I’ve decided to share some of my list from a few years ago:

Some of my “best left behind in 2009″ list:

Unconscious people

The excuse that I have no time to work out if I’m writing a book (I’ve joked that you too can write a book if you just stop working out!)

Acquaintances that simply do not demonstrate an interest in creating a quality or meaningful connection


Buying things that I can easily just borrow from others

Trying to remain “friends” with people that really don’t have the same core values as I/we do

Hit and runs (read more about this in my book)

Well, that should give you a sense of things that might be worth leaving behind, and I’m happy to share that since moving (back) to the SF Bay Area, these lists have gotten shorter and shorter! :-)

Be sure you start 2013 w/o things that didn't servce you in 2012!Enjoy the holidays and here’s to a very HAPPY 2013!

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My First Cyber Monday Offer: Special Discount on all 1:1 or group trainings!

Posted by in Career, marketing, resources

Take advantage of our Cyber Monday offer this year!My First Cyber Monday Offer!

This year, take advantage of a 20% discount on all one-on-one and group LinkedIn for Career or Business trainings.

Here’s how to get your 20% discount:

All you need to do is complete my Contact form on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 with which training you’re interested in (some examples below) and you’ll save 20% off any of the 1-on-1 or group trainings I offer. It’s that easy!

Don’t put off getting some expert help on how to maximize your presence on (and use of) LinkedIn so you’re ready for an ah-mazing 2013!

Personalized LinkedIn trainings available:

•An in-person, 2 hour, customized session for a group or team of up to twenty-five (25) people is available (submit PAYMENT INFO HERE).

•I also offer a 2 hour personalized one-on-one session for job seekers, career climbers or business owners looking to elevate their use LinkedIn for career management or business growth. This training is offered in a mutual convenient location to those in the SF Bay Area or as a phone or Skype session at $149.


Leveraging LinkedIn…Beyond the Basics: I can deliver a webinar that includes sixty minutes of customized training for the people on your team already using LinkedIn at a beginner or intermediate level, and now would like to take their use of this powerful professional (not simply social) networking tool beyond the basics.

During a live webinar, we’ll review 20+ slides and do some live searches within LinkedIn that are sure to spark a few new ideas and then have a brief Q&A at the end. Fee: $49/attendee, includes a link to a handy and downloadable LinkedIn checklist.

Feedback worth sharing:

“Sandy’s in-depth knowledge and perspective of LinkedIn is outstanding! As a consultant, Sandy helped me improve my LinkedIn profile in a thoughtful, appealing and SEO-friendly way. Sandy excels in leading you to fresh insights regarding your real goals, interests, and skills, and how to best present them using LinkedIn’s tools…”
– Leslie N., job seeker

“Due to Sandy’s knowledge-base and integrity, I invited her to participate as an Expert at my Virtual Summit for Women. She was a diligent presenter who articulated the content beautifully and provided incredible value. Sandy presented on “Leveraging LinkedIn: Getting the Most Out of this Powerful Professional Networking Tool.” As a result of what Sandy taught, I made over half a dozen changes to my LinkedIn profile… and I’m seeing the positive results!”
– Suzanne D., entrepreneur

Note: All prices increase Jan 1, 2013, so be sure to take advantage of this super Cyber Monday Offer on Nov 26th!

Need a gift idea? My book, I’m at a Networking Event–Now What??? was the #1 pick on the 2010 Holiday Wish List and is available on Amazon.

I'm at a Networking Event--Now What??? - ranked #1 on 2010 Wish List

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