When given a name badge, wear it on your left side so that it does not get crumpled or turned upside down as you shake with your right hand. You’re welcome!
3. Business cards at all times
The most important tip! Having business cards on you is a must when attending networking events. Before you leave the house, repeat this mantra: keys, money, phone, business cards.
You can easily print your own with blank business cards from the office supply store. Be sure it has your current industry or areas of focus on it.
What’s more, you can even use your business cards to jot down the contact details of a person you wish to follow up on.
To begin, ask them how they are affiliated with the event ?
Or, how they heard about the event? Make sure they’re open ended, so they’re are forced to make full sentences as opposed to yes or no answers.
5. Stand out
Choose events that will increase your professional network, so attend industry events in your industry or in a field you wish you break into.
If there are speakers are going to be in attendance, look them up online to prepare questions for the question and answer session.
In a more informal setting, you can inquire about the speakers’ professional or educational background. Also note that it is important to highlight things you may have in common: If you attended the same school, or from the same city/state, mention it.
Do your homework, and you’ll have a memorable networking experience.
You’re a hard-worker with a vision to bring into fruition. From the moment you wake up to the last seconds before you sleep, you spend your days calculating how to navigate your way to success.
So you plot, put plans into action, finesse execution, and network, all the while finding ways to maintain productive relationships and a healthy personal life. Managing that balance is extremely tough, especially when stress begins to limit your positivity. We know, trust us.
Luckily, we’ve found ways to use the omnipresent social media to your advantage during your leisure time. Here are 10 Instagram accounts that never-fail to serve up amazing career advice, professional tools and inspiration to make your vision clearer and your travel worth the journey.
Are you a new business owner? Looking to start your own business?Womenueris a new online publication with a marvelous Instagram account that seeks to connect, enlighten and empower business-minded women looking to excel.
Though, based in the greater NYC area of US, Womeneur speaks to the universal business code of professional success. Riddled with practical quotes and honest accounts of business decisions, Womeneur is definitely a great account to follow.
Busy is as busy does. Seeing different types of successful African women and reading their words of wisdom is a journey worth following. ForbesWoman Africa allows followers visual access to a community of professional sisters that you may not have immediate access to.
You’ll learn about their stories, read quotes and hear about future endeavours that you might want to be a part of. Also you get to witness active black sisters like yourself, rocking the world, professionally.
If you follow ForbesWomanAfrica, don’t skip a beat, and follow ForbesAfrica, as it is also a leading business publication in Africa. Learn about different entrepreneurs in Africa who are gaining public attention as powerful influencers.
The way you spend money, whether personally and/or in your business, speaks of your habits, motives and your ability to use money as a powerful tool for success. Tonya Rapley founded MyFabFinanceto encourage millennial women to become financially powerful and in-control of their finances by strategizing with their flow of income.
Tonya is a financial educator and Black Enterprises’ new face of Wealth Building. She keeps it real to groom success in all of her followers.
Home to entrepreneurs seeking to sustain their ambition, FoundrMagazinekeeps the business mind alive. This Instagram account is decorated with proactive messages meant to diminish any doubt about your sense of worth.
We all knowLinkedIn as a stellar platform for connecting professionally. It has also entered the world of Instagram, adding a new air of professionalism as it initiates critical progressive thinking and promotes better habits.
Professional emails are to a business what healthy food is to your body, vital! You eat healthy foods to get a stronger body and longevity. Similarly, professional emails are necessary to the fruition and strength of any business.
The ability to communicate thoroughly with neutrally progressive language is imperative to achieving your business or career.
It seems challenging and tricky, but like every healthy habit, consistency is key.
Here is a checklist to cook up a healthy and effective professional piece of art with your own clear and personable touch.
Subject – Perhaps the shortest but most influential part of your email
The subject is what gets the reader to open your email. Too bold and it’s regarded as spam, cheap or unimportant. Too dull and it’s forgotten. Both extremes run the risk of not being read at all. Be specific and hint a reason for their urgent attention. If time sensitive, state a deadline, i.e., “Please reply by [date]”.
Greeting Salutation – Greet your reader accordingly
If the reader is in a different time zone, no need for day-relevant words (morning, afternoon or night). The simplest greeting is “Dear, [name].” or “Hello” If you aren’t sure who your reader is, “ To whom it may concern” is another option (though I don’t recommend it.)
Introduction – Compliments and pleasantry and Introduce yourself (2 sentences)
Begin the body of message reminding them of who you are. “Thank-you”s or “it was great meeting you at [name event]” are subtly pleasant ways of reminding the reader of who you are. Setting a genuine tone at the start your message goes a long way. If you are familiar with your reader, pleasantries such as “ I hope all is well with you and yours,” works wonders.
When introducing yourself for the first time, keep it brief and relevant. If you and the reader are already acquainted, rely on your well crafted signature (at the end) to speak to your current endeavors.
Reason for email – Purpose (1-2 sentences)
This is where your purpose resides. Use the “One Thing” rule. What do you seek and how does it serve your purpose? Brainstorm ideas before you start your email. This way, you can establish why the email is relevant to the reader/recipient, and have it laid out clearly and accurately.
Call of action – What are you asking for?
What actions need to occur to have the mission possible? What do you need from the reader? Be accurate, clear, and reasonable. If it takes longer than two sentences to describe this portion, listing them in bullet point is the best way to go.
Bullet points are easier on the eyes and more importantly easier for your reader to note them down. Remember the one thing rule, how do your call for actions affect your purpose?
Closing message – Close as you started, genuinely (1-2 sentences)
Every email you send should be important. If your email is time sensitive, state a time and date you would like to hear a response, so there;s a sense of urgency.
If it isn’t time sensitive, say so respectfully and tactfully. One such statement is, “I hope to hear from you at your earliest convenience.”
Closing Salutation and signature
To keep things simple, professional closing salutations can be short, “Best”.
Your signature should not exist in the body of your email. Mention your name, title, link to business address and your contact information. This way, you have a short yet effectual platform to speak of your current phones.
So there you have it, a checklist of all the structure that a professional email needs. Whether you are sending this professional email to a client, co-worker or potential employer, this checklist will have you getting responses in a jiffy.