Gisele L. Kennedy, PYT
CONFIDENCE! Wow, I have been holding that in all week Mavens in Training (hereinafter referred to as “MITs”, but please don’t confuse with PYT! That would be me.)!Now I know what you are thinking MITs, confidence? Is that it? You have had me waiting all week to tell me that the main thing Ms. Razzie and the Good Old Boys share is confidence? That’s right ladies. That one simple word is going to be integral in helping you become a success and assist you in networking like a pro. We must, We MUST, We must increase our…confidence! Sorry for the Judy Blume reference, I digress. 😉
Now before I go any further, let me explain. Think about those good old boys and what they’ve historically been. There is a certain level of assuredness that goes along with knowing that when you are ready to venture out into the world, your dad or one of his cronies are going to be right there coaching you, guiding you and most likely placing you in a position that will help shape your career. Basically, they have already found you a job and you haven’t had to do a thing. There might not have even been a formally prepared resume, lengthy job search, or interview and most likely, your first job will pay pretty darn well to boot! I don’t know about any of you, but that’s enough to make me want to walk into any room of first introduction with my head held high, chest poked out and strut my stuff like a peacock. Sound familiar? Yes, that’s exactly what Ms. Razzie is doing. She is self-assured and confident. Dang, there’s that word again.
Let’s face it, with today’s economy the business community is increasingly competitive. Being an effective networker can set you apart from the wannabees…ahem, excuse me…crowd. Learning to network can be the best marketing you never had to pay for. You will increase your visibility and will most certainly have a much better chance at building your clientele than those of us still stuck in the mindset that networking can appear…gasp…needy. So come on little Ms. Stuck in the corner’s remedial group, let’s show them what we’ve got!
Confidence comes with believing in yourself. Novel idea isn’t it? Knowing that you are proficient in what you do can be of great assistance in helping you to build some right on up. When you are at an event, as long as you have researched your market, are abreast of current trends and are able to communicate that to prospective clients, you will find that confidence will come naturally. However, truly believing that you are not just a service provider, but THE service provider, who is knowledgeable and flexible will push you over the edge and on past the crowd. That belief will also make you a little more aggressive about selling yourself at every opportunity. Yes MITs, I said the A word, which we all know is typically frowned upon in women. Now I am not talking about behaving like a feral dog with a piece of raw meat, I mean the first part of the title of this blog is act like a woman. I only want you to network like a man, let’s be clear. I am, however, talking about meeting people formally and socially and being quite vocal about what you have to offer. To that end, you have to build up how you feel about yourself personally and professionally. Not only is it important to you as an individual, it is important to your professional brand.
So let’s take a few days to turn on that switch and start razzling. We’ll work on the dazzling later!