Posts Tagged "holidays"

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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Be a Small Business Saturday Supporter and Shop Local!

Posted by in pay it forward, resources

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we now have Small Business Saturday.  Started in 2010 by American Express, Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country.  The effort helps drive sales to small businesses on one of the busiest holiday shopping weekends of the year.

Along with American Express, Small Business Saturday is supported by a bunch of advocacy groups, political officials and corporations throughout the US.  This year, my small biz, Bella Domain Media, is getting in on the promotion of this special day and has become a strong supporter of Small Business Saturday by participating with a special offer. Here’s the deal:

If you visit my site, and complete my Contact form on Sat, Nov 24th you’ll save 10% off any of the 1-on-1 or group trainings I offer!

So, don’t put off any prep you can do to be ready for an amazing 2013 and let’s all participate and support ALL small business on Saturday, November 24th. :-)


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The holiday networking season is here! Practical advice and tips on making the most of it this year.

Posted by in Career, networking

As a follow-up to the free Aug conference call I co-hosted with the brilliant author of Branding Basics for Small Business, Maria Ross of Red Slice, I’m offering some FREE tips on my other favorite subject (besides LinkedIn): NETWORKING. :-)

Get ready for the holiday networking season! So, before you head off on your Turkey Day weekend, or into Dec, be sure to TAKE 15 MIN TO LISTEN to some practical advice and expert tips on making the most of the many opportunities to connect during the holiday networking season.

I promise, you’ll gain a little more confidence and a lot more spring in your step!

And remember: Networking is a key tool in your marketing toolkit.

Here’s the link to the tips and my interview with Huffington Post contributor, Mary Eileen Williams: (please be patient, takes a little bit to queue up)


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What do you want shelved in 2012

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It’s time to start your “What I Need to Shelve for 2012″ list. Every Thanksgiving over our turkey dinner my husband and I start to talk about the things from the current year that we do NOT want to carry with us into the next. Here’s a post I wrote with the start of last year’s list and an explanation of why I think this is a worthwhile exercise.


Put it on a shelf!

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5 Articles About Networking Worth The Read

Posted by in biz dev, Career, networking

With the hectic holiday season approaching, and all the opportunities for socializing and networking that go along with it, I wanted to share 5 articles I’ve come across that are definitely worth the read (yes, one is mine).

1) Here’s one about networking as “lifetime career insurance”

2) Quality versus quantity is always the way to go

3) Here’s one that discusses the difference between how men and women approach networking differently

4) The holiday season is NOT the time to pull back on your job search and with so many networking opportunities around them, it’s no wonder

5) What NOT to do while you’re out there networking this holiday season

Hope your takeaways from these help you enjoy the holidays just a little bit more. :-)

P.S. If you like this type of thing, you’ll love my book – I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Any Networking Event. Just sayin’…

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