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We are joined by Networking genius, dog mom and founder of Six Degrees Society, Emily Merrell, and she is going to break down what we need to know about networking #bless. And before you get too nervous moving forward, remember that networking is far less intimidating than most people realize. Read the blog post or watch the video below to learn Emily’s top 3 things that will make marketing a breeze:

A COMEPLUM CHAT WITH EMILY MERRELL

Many of us need to reframe our thinking when it comes to networking. Gone are the days of business cards and even in-person events (for the time being). Emily Merrell is here today to share her expertise on a new way to look at networking. Hint: it involves puppies, so stay tuned! If you are turned off by the idea of stuffy interactions where you don’t even feel like yourself, then keep reading, sis. We are going to unpack some rich content for you.

 

1. New Way to Think About Networking

  • Networking in its simplest form is just about meeting people and getting to know each other.
  • It is in the everyday interactions and not under the guise of networking.
  • Networking could be:
    • meeting and striking up a conversation with someone in line with you at the grocery store
    • asking people for their recommendations is a form of networking.
  • You don’t need to sign a client or get a job every time you network.
  • Be relatable and find a connection point to people.
  • Start human first and the connection will build from there.
  • Pro-tip: Get a dog (no one can resist a sweet pup!)
  • You can think of networking with others like a bank:
    • If you go to withdraw from a bank but haven’t been putting any money in, you won’t be able to get anything out.
    • The more you are intentional and serve others over time, the more likely the community will support you.
    • Keep in mind not to give with an expectation in mind. Serve first and be helpful.

 

 

 

2. How to Start A Convo with Anyone

  • Remember: Networking is a lot like dating.
    • There needs to be a back and forth and mutual exchange of information.
  • Wear something bold. This makes it easy for someone to strike up a conversation with you or offer you a compliment.
  • Reverse the point mentioned above. Find someone to genuinely compliment and ask them where they got X from.
  • Look for social queues. For example, someone might be sporting their college alumni attire.
  • Ask people questions! Don’t be fascinating, be fascinated. Let them be the hero.
  • You do not need a business card to make connections. You can simply open up your email and have them enter their email address. Simply email them a quick email and include something personal the both of you talked about with a question for them allowing you to continue the conversation.
  • Always have an event ready to give out.

 

3. Mindset for Networking Events

  • Do it on days when you already have other biz meetings.
    • Not on days when you’re zenned out from yoga or went to the spa. This can easily create resentment in networking
  • Dress up and be presentable.
    • Even if it’s just an online networking event, throw on a nice top and some mascara.

ComePlum is all about networking with and supporting fellow go-getter women who impact the world.
You can find some juicy good resources from other women we have teamed up with here

We are joined by Networking genius, dog mom and founder of Six Degrees Society, Emily Merrell, and she is going to break down what we need to know about networking #bless. And before you get too nervous moving forward, remember that networking is far less intimidating than most people realize. Read the blog post or watch the video below to learn Emily’s top 3 things that will make marketing a breeze:

A COMEPLUM CHAT WITH EMILY MERRELL

Many of us need to reframe our thinking when it comes to networking. Gone are the days of business cards and even in-person events (for the time being). Emily Merrell is here today to share her expertise on a new way to look at networking. Hint: it involves puppies, so stay tuned! If you are turned off by the idea of stuffy interactions where you don’t even feel like yourself, then keep reading, sis. We are going to unpack some rich content for you.

 

1. New Way to Think About Networking

  • Networking in its simplest form is just about meeting people and getting to know each other.
  • It is in the everyday interactions and not under the guise of networking.
  • Networking could be:
    • meeting and striking up a conversation with someone in line with you at the grocery store
    • asking people for their recommendations is a form of networking.
  • You don’t need to sign a client or get a job every time you network.
  • Be relatable and find a connection point to people.
  • Start human first and the connection will build from there.
  • Pro-tip: Get a dog (no one can resist a sweet pup!)
  • You can think of networking with others like a bank:
    • If you go to withdraw from a bank but haven’t been putting any money in, you won’t be able to get anything out.
    • The more you are intentional and serve others over time, the more likely the community will support you.
    • Keep in mind not to give with an expectation in mind. Serve first and be helpful.

 

 

 

2. How to Start A Convo with Anyone

  • Remember: Networking is a lot like dating.
    • There needs to be a back and forth and mutual exchange of information.
  • Wear something bold. This makes it easy for someone to strike up a conversation with you or offer you a compliment.
  • Reverse the point mentioned above. Find someone to genuinely compliment and ask them where they got X from.
  • Look for social queues. For example, someone might be sporting their college alumni attire.
  • Ask people questions! Don’t be fascinating, be fascinated. Let them be the hero.
  • You do not need a business card to make connections. You can simply open up your email and have them enter their email address. Simply email them a quick email and include something personal the both of you talked about with a question for them allowing you to continue the conversation.
  • Always have an event ready to give out.

 

3. Mindset for Networking Events

  • Do it on days when you already have other biz meetings.
    • Not on days when you’re zenned out from yoga or went to the spa. This can easily create resentment in networking
  • Dress up and be presentable.
    • Even if it’s just an online networking event, throw on a nice top and some mascara.

ComePlum is all about networking with and supporting fellow go-getter women who impact the world.
You can find some juicy good resources from other women we have teamed up with here

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