That awkward moment when you had no intentions of networking, but suddenly find yourself in an inescapable networking situation. Don't panic. Just WAVE.
Awkward Networker Guest Post with Dennis Sheahan Have you heard any variation of the word "no" recently? Possibly a euphemistic alternative to protect your feelings, such as "love the presentation, but unfortunately..." or "if it were up to me, I'd say yes... but..."? Rejection is like a curse word in 2018 - a feeling we... Continue Reading →
Our fathers have significant influence on our social skills. Every time my spoken vocabulary gets trite and lazy, I hear my dad's voice in my head saying, "Words have specific meanings, Sean. Use them appropriately." Every door I've held, every "please" and "thank you", every big smile and "Good morning! How are you?" before... Continue Reading →
Let's face it, engaging in prolonged eye contact is awkward. It's especially awkward while focused on introducing yourself properly, remembering the person's name, and presenting yourself as the witty, interesting, successful person you know you are. Eye contact was one of my weakest attributes when I started networking. My mentors and coaches would say, "Try... Continue Reading →
Thanks to my friends at the Arts & Business Council of Philadelphia, I had the incredible opportunity to meet Daymond John, founder of FUBU, host on Shark Tank, and author of a new book Rise & Grind. I entered this experience not only a little star struck (let's be honest), but also open to the... Continue Reading →
Awkward Networker Guest Blog “Congratulations, we’ve decided to award you our business. The team and I look forward to working with you and building a long term relationship. I’m glad I met you at the chamber event this year.” Ah, the beautiful words anyone with sales responsibilities wants to hear. You won the work... Continue Reading →
St. Patty’s Day Weekend! Time to dig-out those "Take me Drunk I'm Home" t-shirts, Amazon Prime a few reserve packs of shamrock face stickers, and queue-up Dropkick Murphys on your Spotify. Because, lads and lasses, it’s time for Irish potatoes, Irish whiskey, and of course... a well-timed Irish exit. Here's a quick live look at... Continue Reading →
Finding yourself in an awkward conversation because you don't know anything about the topic? Try turning your liabilities into assets by using this method.
Earlier this week I attended a National Association of Corporate Directors breakfast. I arrived just before the program started, missing the networking session, and had to sit in the last seat in the back of the room for the panel discussion. Bummer. At the Q&A portion of the panel discussion, I raised my hand and... Continue Reading →