Category Archives: Social Life

Networking events: Getting the most bang for your time and effort

Networking events are a great way to increase your business connections. I try to leave each networking event with at least 5-10 new connections that I didn’t have before I came. 

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Sharonville Chamber of Commerce Open House Networking Event

Attending an event with 60-300 business people can be overwhelming. Here are some tips to navigate a networking event so you walk away with new connections to help you grow your resources. 

Work the room: Spend 3-5 minutes per conversation during the networking hour. Try not to get cornered by someone unless you feel the conversation is one that can’t be continued later on over coffee or lunch. Good exit lines are β€˜will you excuse me, I need to get a napkin; my boss just arrived; I need to hang up my coat or drop off my purse.’ Move about and make an effort to say hello to people you know and encourage them to introduce you to the people they are talking to you that you may not know. 

Choose your seat wisely. Get a seat that faces the same direction as the guest speaker. Nothing is more annoying than having to turn your chair to hear the speaker, then spinning to eat your meal. 

Bring business cards. I’ll say it again. Bring business cards. Did I mention you should bring business cards to networking events? Don’t leave home without them! 

Make mental notes: You will meet lots of people at networking events and it may be hard to keep them all straight. Jot some notes about each person on the back of their business card to jog your memory. (For example: BBB networking event at JD Legends, bubbly blonde with glasses, event planner, just went on a pontoon boat ride.) 

Wear a conversation piece of clothing, jewelry, or necktie that makes you memorable. It can be a bold color, festive pattern, trendy shoes or a chunky necklace, but this piece that will serve as an icebreaker or memory jogger. I used to have a peach colored suit that I would wear to more formal networking events that was a great icebreaker. People remembered my last name is pronounced like the fruit because of that suit. For more casual events, I wear a hat. (That way, people remember me as the girl with the hat, or they can point me out across the room). A nice Stella Dot or Park Lane necklace, cool shoes, a ring or fun hair style are also great conversation starters.  

Follow up within 24 hours. Send a simple email saying that you enjoyed meeting them, offer your assistance in the future and ask if they’d like to grab coffee sometime. At that time also add them to your contacts list, do a connection request on LinkedIn and (depending on your connection) do a friend request on Facebook. You can follow their business pages on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter as well. 

Looking for some great networking events to test out your skills? Check out the local BBB, Chamber of Commerce or business guilds in your industry. 

Happy networking! Kpl πŸ™‚ 

Social media tutorial

Today I had a one on one social media coaching session with Kay from Legal Shield. We refined her Facebook personal and Business Fan page, created her pinterest page, and updated her LinkedIn Page. 


Kay and I first met at a local networking event for the Cincinnati eWomen network. She immediately told me about how she felt overwhelmed by social media and wanted to learn how it could help her business. 

Since LegalShield provides low cost legal representation for families and small business owners for an affordable monthly rate, as well as identity theft protection, we decided that Facebook and LinkedIn were the best outlets for her. 

Our goal is to (starting this summer) provide weekly tips about everyday things that may require you to have legal protection and what your rights are! To follow Legal Shield Kay Hunter on Facebook click here.

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Get a (social) media life class on 4/18/16 at Sharonville Convention Center

To register for the class click here. Maximum 12 students per class.

  
Are you overwhelmed by all the social media websites and apps out there? Which one is right for you? How on earth do you go about setting it up? Learn how step by step, with your laptop and smartphone. 

“Get a (social) life social media class’ on 4/18/16 from 10am-3pm, Sharonville Convention Center. Step by step, learn how to use Facebook Pages, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to promote and grow your business. $100 per person, box lunch included. 

When this class is done, you will have complete profiles created and ready to go, your social media apps set to post, and the confidence to use social media to promote and grow your business. 

Event listed on Facebook fan page for Peachy Keen Life https://www.facebook.com/events/1547183195580356/ 

What is Klout score? #sociallife

What exactly is a Klout score? Klout measures how much you, as a social media user, influence your industry and other social media users. It measures all of your social media activity on sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google Plus and FourSquare. An average Klout score is 40, while 60 puts you in the top 10% of all social media users. 

  
Your score is influenced by the amount of content you post, share, and react to. The more social media influence you have, and the higher the score. Influence means likes, comments and reactions to the things you post and share.
 

Setting up a Klout account is free and will give you a good idea of just how influential you are in social media. To use Klout, I recommend signing up on www.klout.com using your computer, load your social media profiles, and then download the app to your smartphone so you can more closely monitor your score. Scores are evaluated with influence from the past 90 days. Influence does not mean the number of posts, it is the amount of activity on each post.

The highest Klout score? Justin Beiber.

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Do you need a social media detox?

In today’s media driven world, do you want a simple detox that tastes great, doesn’t require you to eat any different foods or more water, and is guaranteed to shed weight? Well, here it is! It’s a one day social media detox — you simply unplug!

  
Think about how many hours a day you spend on the internet. What exactly do you do? During the week I use it for work purposes, but at night I am typically on Facebook learning more about my friends than I ever wanted to know, reading tabloids about people who don’t even know my name, and watching shows that will likely be cancelled in a few years. (My husband — well, he loves the 20/20 and Dateline shows about people who have been murdered who he has never met and whose families have no idea he is watching it!)

Why do we waste our lives away with all of this information? Think about the person who tells you more than you want to know — isn’t your first reaction “TMI,” too much information? That information is the extra weight, weighing you and your ability to focus on bettering your own life and situation. What if you took that approach with your social media and television? Last weekend my husband and I spent a day going around town, running errands and enjoying the beautiful weather. We both felt so refreshed when we came home even though we had walked 5,000 steps! 

  
I challenge you, this week, to take one day to unplug. No social media, no TV…music is ok. The next day, see if you feel more relaxed. This is why I typically unplug on Sundays. The Lord said that we should keep ‘the Sabbath day holy,’ so no work on Sundays. (Unless I have a wedding, which are typically at a church anyways, so hopefully God sees it as a good compromise!) Or choose A DAY this week to unplug — just from social media. I guarantee you will feel a lot less overwhelmed, you won’t compare your life to someone else, and you will focus on the beautiful life you have in front of you. And you will focus on making that grass greener for you, your family, and those you share your life with!

  
So who is ready for this detox? Kpl πŸ™‚