Boss Women of the Year Event is inching its way closer to us, and as we get ready for the big day, we want to make sure you’re prepped and primed for the big day. We have partnered with Verizon to bring you the most practical and useful connection tips to expand your tribe.

While networking can always seem intimidating, we want to change your mindset to connecting with like-minded #bosswomen. Women who have mastered this concept have been able to take advantage of their own professional development through the connections of others.

We’ve got you covered with the tips below to make sure you don’t lose out on any opportunities next month to connect with women that can help you expand in life.

Put your best foot forward.

When you feel your best, other people take notice. No matter how big or small you are in your career, if you continue to engage and ensure that your strategy is always to make a lasting impression, you will see that people will be more inclined to establish a deeper connection with you. Confidence is contagious…and while it may seem simple, a smile goes a long way – it’s hard to hate a smile!

 

Nail down your elevator pitch.

When you’re in a room with 400 other women, during the Oct 20th event you’re going to have to nail down your elevator pitch. Make it concise and straight to the point. No beating around the bush and no overtly selling yourself.

Engage with the crowd, but don’t be an attention seeker.

It’s easy to fall into the hole of talking about yourself and letting people know about all the things you do in a networking setting. But take a look back and think about the last person who wouldn’t stop rambling about themselves.

Exactly. Don’t be that person.

This is why it’s important to nail down your elevator pitch and keep it short, clear, and concise. Give people the cliff notes to your story; and leave them wanting more so they are more inclined to email, call, or text you and get to know you more. Rule of thumb: always keep them wanting to know more.

Don’t give out your cards, trade contact information.

Of course, we should always come handy with a stellar set of business cards that we’re ready to hand out. But who really keeps up with cards…. Instead use your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or the smart phone you love on the best network, Verizon of course and this will help you stay organized with the contacts you make. The reliability of the Verizon network helps ensure that you can reach your contacts, when it matters the most – when you call them. Save that phone contact to build your community.

Also, a rule of thumb to have when you’re networking is to make sure that you’re sure you get as many business cards as you hand out. You don’t want to leave empty handed. Plus, a handy tip use that good ole’ phone and snap pics of your cards so you don’t have to keep up with them and you have them stored in a place that’s attached to you daily.

Follow-up.

After you’ve finished meeting a new person and have hopefully gotten their contact information, make sure that you’ve written some notes and remember one key point in your conversation (doesn’t have to be business related, it can be something about your mutual love for Verizon).

Wait a day or two to follow up, and use that key point as a conversation starter for the next time you reach out to them. Not only is this a good way to remind them that you met, but it will let them know that you were genuinely engaged in what they had to say and who they were.

And when you meet your new business bestie, or corporate queen feel free to email or text them that same night so you all can meet up for Sunday brunch! #Verizon

*You can visit the Power Pair Connection Lounge Presented by Verizon at Boss Women of the Year Event to connect with like-minded boss women.

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