Tell Me About Yourself (Developing a Networking Pitch)

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One of my goals this year is to build more local relationships and connections through networking.  Networking can come to some people naturally, but for others it can be daunting.  I would rate myself in the middle whereby I like to be social, yet it takes some self-talk and planning to get me out to market my business.

I plan my networking activity by listing who I’d like to connect with and how will I go about it.  Whether I’m cold calling on recruitment firms, attending a community event, or inviting people on LinkedIn for a coffee meeting, at some point a face to face discussion will need to take place.  Here’s where more planning needs to be done – preparing what to say.

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How To Open Doors

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The last few weeks I’ve been super busy juggling my business activities between working with clients, marketing via social media, preparing presentation slides, responding to emails and building my professional contacts.  All important and exciting stuff to keep my business moving forward and thankfully my efforts are paying off!  I’ve started working with some local people to hone their job search skills, I’m presenting to graduate librarians on interview techniques and I’ve joined a local think tank.  I attribute these recent successes to networking. Continue reading “How To Open Doors”

Telling Your Story

Creating YourselfPeople love to hear what you’re up to.  Everyone’s got a story to tell.  How do you make it work well for you?

When I set up my career coaching business in 2012 I was so busy mastering basic bookkeeping that not much thought was given to my business branding.  I was good a working through my lists, setting up resources and planning how to market, but I hadn’t considered my message about what I do. Continue reading “Telling Your Story”