Posts Tagged "pay it forward"

How To Attend A Networking Event & Not Hate Yourself In The Morning

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Consulting, networking, pay it forward

Do you often hate yourself the morning after attending a networking event? Let’s put an end to that!

Learn more! http://bit.ly/GivebackH1

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Register for a FREE zero-calorie afternoon break and G+ Hangout on Wed, June 11, 2014, where you will learn:

  • How to redefine networking into an activity that’s ultimately satisfying and even energizing (instead of exhausting)

  • Why exchanging resources is more important than exchanging business cards

  • How a pay-it-forward attitude can (and should!) be applied to networking and building good social karma

  • How to remember names via a simple and easy technique that will boost your confidence & increase your credibility

If any of these resonated with you, be sure to sign up for the 1st of 3 Afternoon Snack & Give Backs offered this June by yours truly and a fab new collaborator/friend of Bella Domain Media, Nikki Rausch, also know as “Your Sales Maven.”

You’ll get all the details once you register via this page and we hope you can join us!

BTW, there will be a Q&A (if time allows) and seriously-special offer presented at the end of the Hangout, so make sure you stick around until the end!

Here’s the link again in case you want to share it with others: http://bit.ly/GivebackH1 (Thank you if you do!)

P.S. If you can’t join us, and don’t have my helpful book yet, I thought I’d make this easy:

I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Any Networking Event available on Amazon (CLICK HERE TO ORDER)

I'm at a Networking Event--Now What??? by Sandy Jones-Kaminski find it on Amazon or iTunes

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5 Ways to Embrace Giving Tuesday and Pay It Forward During the Holidays on LinkedIn

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in networking, pay it forward

Snowman With “Giving Tuesday” and the holiday season upon us why not set aside some time today and during the weeks to come to give back and show some gratitude and holiday spirit to your network by paying it forward on LinkedIn? Here are 5 ways you can do just that:

1) Write an unexpected Recommendation for a connection.

If you worked with or hired someone who turned out to be a rock star go ahead and write a recommendation for them. It’s also a great way to reconnect with a connection that’s drifted off your regular keep-in-touch list. Just be sure to keep it brief and specific, and avoid writing a generic recommendation because they’re often not very useful to your contact and probably won’t get displayed.

Most folks don’t even display recos that sound similar to this, “Joe is a stand-up guy and someone I’d be happy to work with again in the future. Most people think they know sales, but Joe really does!” This might have some posting value if it instead said, “Joe is a reliable, proactive and positive team player, and if I were asked to name a few sales leaders to be on a speaker panel, Joe’s name would be at the top of my list. He exceeded our team goals quarter after quarter and made it to our President’s list 5 years in a row.”

And if you didn’t know you could elect not to display a reco on LinkedIn, here’s how:

Hiding Recommendations on LinkedIn

2) Endorse a connection’s skills when you’re reminded of them (maybe via a tweet, status update, blog post or prompt from LinkedIn). Since LinkedIn added the Endorsements feature (I hear both groans as well as praise for it during my Leveraging LinkedIn learning sessions), you can make a point to endorse at least 1 connection’s skills during your regular visits to LinkedIn.

3) Invite new or old contacts to connect on LinkedIn.

Just be sure to send a PERSONAL message expressing what you noted, respect or appreciate about them, and if you only “met” them via Twitter or somewhere random like that, just be honest about why you want to be connected on LinkedIn (“let’s not lose touch”). Whatever you do, don’t use the default Invitation to Connect message unless you’re using your smart phone right in front of them at an event or on the subway (or whatever) and have opened the LinkedIn mobile app.

4) Make mutually beneficial unsolicited introductions.

When you absolutely, positively know that 2 of your connections would benefit by knowing each other, use LinkedIn to make an introduction. Just be sure that in the message you explain your motivation and then let the 2 parties take it from there. When you make intros within LinkedIn your connections can usually see a bit more about the other party (via their profile) and can then decide for themselves whether they want to take the conversation further and/or outside of LinkedIn.

5) Share your knowledge and insights within a LinkedIn Group you frequent.

This is a great time of year to stop being a lurker in the groups you’ve joined on LinkedIn. You can give back and pay it forward by sharing your knowledge, advice and insights where applicable.  Just use the Search feature within a group to find discussions relevant to your knowledge base and start sharing what you know. Maybe even consider starting a Poll on a current topic relevant to your industry. Folks will appreciate you generating an interactive dialogue, especially when they learn something from it.

Please share any other ways you’ve found or seen others pay it forward on LinkedIn this year. Do you have any new connection stories you can share from giving back or participating in LinkedIn Groups?

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It’s time for the 1st Pay It Forward Party in the East Bay!

Posted by on Aug 25, 2013 in networking, pay it forward, pif party

THIS EVENT IS BEING RESCHEDULED FOR A DATE IN OCTOBER AT A VENUE IN SF! PLEASE SIGN UP TO RECEIVE NOTIFICATION OF OUR FUTURE EVENTS. YOU CAN USE THIS LINK TO BE IN THE LOOP: http://eepurl.com/khfH1

It’s time for the 1st Pay It Forward Party in the East Bay! Join us on Wed, Sept 18, 2013 in Emeryville, CA.

Pay It Forward

Click here to register for the upcoming PIF Party via Eventbrite today!

*What’s a PIF Party you ask?

Have you ever been frustrated with the outcomes of or behaviors at some of the networking events you attend? Or maybe you’ve witnessed behaviors like the old “I’m talking to you, but try not to notice my eyes scanning every other person’s nametag that walks by please,” to the “So, Debbie, what’s Stillheart?” and then their eyes glazing over because you, your situation or words didn’t immediately appear to be a prospect for them.

Well, a few years ago, I recognized that there had to be a better way to make and cultivate quality connections, so I started having my own networking event know as a “PIF Party.” PIF means to for pay it forward, and at a PIF Party, that’s what people do. The general theme of the event is that each guest comes to the PIF party with the intention of helping others first. And, as can be expected, each person leaves feeling good about the community service they’ve provided by having helped others as well as the help they themselves may have received.

Be sure to click here to register for the upcoming PIF Party via Eventbrite and secure your spot today!

Please feel free to share the invitation with others because the more the merrier!

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So Much to be Thankful for This Year!

Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 in pay it forward

Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours!I’m thankful for so many people and things this year (both professionally as well as personally), but most of all I am thankful that the Red Cross is performing miracles to help all the people that are suffering from the aftermath of my namesake hurricane’s destruction.

If you’re able to donate just a little more, click on the image above to give what you can because there is still so much assistance needed. And please give blood too!

Happy Turkey Day to you & yours!

(Again, here’s the link for the Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations)

 

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5 Ways to Pay It Forward on LinkedIn

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in networking, pay it forward

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, why not set aside a half hour each week between now and Turkey Day to show some gratitude to your network by paying it forward on LinkedIn? Here are 5 ways you can:

1) Write an unexpected Recommendation for a connection.

If you worked with or hired someone that turned out to be a rock star go ahead and write a recommendation for them. It’s also a great way to reconnect with a connection that’s drifted off your regular touch base list. Just keep it brief and specific and avoid writing a generic reco because they’re almost always useless to your contact.

Most folks don’t even display recos that sound similar to this, “Bob is a stand-up guy and someone I’d be happy to work with again in the future. Most people think they know sales, but Bob really does!” This might have some posting value if it instead said, “Bob is a reliable, proactive and positive team player, and if I were asked to name a few sales leaders to be on a speaker panel, Bob’s name would be at the top of my list. He exceeded our team goals quarter after quarter and made it to our President’s list 5 years in a row.”

2) Endorse a connection’s skills when you’re reminded of them (maybe via a tweet, status update, blog post or prompt from LinkedIn).Pay It Forward on LinkedIn

Since LinkedIn added this new “To Do” to our lists, I’ve heard both groaning about as well as praise for it, but why not try to endorse at least 1 connection’s skills during your regular visits to LinkedIn?

3) Invite new or old contacts to connect on LinkedIn.

Just be sure to send a PERSONAL message expressing what you noted, respect or appreciate about them, and if you only “met” them via Twitter or somewhere random like that, just be honest about why you want to be connected on LinkedIn (“let’s not lose touch”). Whatever you do, don’t use the default Invitation to Connect unless you’re using your smart phone right in front of them at an event or on the subway (or whatever) and have opened the LinkedIn mobile app.

4) Make mutually beneficial unsolicited introductions.

When you absolutely, positively know that 2 of your connections would benefit by knowing each other, use LinkedIn to make an introduction. Just be sure that in the message you explain your motivation and then let the 2 parties take it from there. When you make intros within LinkedIn your connections can usually see a bit more about the other party (via their profile) and can then decide for themselves whether they want to take the conversation further and/or outside of LinkedIn.

5) Share your knowledge and insights on LinkedIn Answers.

Unlike the Discussions section within LinkedIn Groups, promoting your personal/professional brand by way of sharing your knowledge, advice and insights is an accepted way to pay it forward, and possibly be recognized (maybe you’ll win a Best Answers green star?) when you’re within Answers. I also think that for folks that live in smaller metros where the in-person networking opportunities are limited, Answers is a great way to broaden your reach and grow your network online.

Please share any other ways you’ve found, or seen others, pay it forward on LinkedIn. Do you have any success stories you can share from participating in LinkedIn Answers?

 

 

 

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