The Savvy Young Professional http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com Blog & Podcast Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:27:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 80955812 End 2017 Like A Boss http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/end-2017-like-a-boss/ http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/end-2017-like-a-boss/#respond Sun, 15 Oct 2017 02:59:43 +0000 http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/?p=298 2017 has flown by and here we are near the end of another year. I can’t believe that it’s almost time for goblins, turkeys and elves.

The post End 2017 Like A Boss appeared first on The Savvy Young Professional.

]]>
End 2017 Like A Boss

2017 has flown by and here we are near the end of  another year. I can’t believe that it’s almost time for goblins, turkeys and elves. Where has the time gone? Since we can’t change the past, we have to rock out this last quarter! Here are 4 Next Level Strategies to end this year with a win!

  1. Audit The Last 12 Months. This is important not because we want you to cry about all the things you didn’t do, but to take a look back at the year and help you identify areas of opportunity. Pick on patterns and habits that led to success and habits that may have held you back a little. Once you’ve identified those patterns, planning in the last quarter will be a breeze!

Key questions

• What do I have a habit of doing when things get tough?

• What are the areas where I lack skill?

• What are the things that excite me?

• What are the areas that are easy for me to navigate? 

  1. Set Realistic Goals. Ask yourself, what can I realistically accomplish (based on my audit) in the next 365 days? Set your goals based on your current resources, energy, and time. Running a half marathon when you haven’t walked a mile in 9 months, is a no, it doesn’t make sense! However, entering your local 5K charity walk is a little more logical! if you need a little more guidance on this, check out the SMART (link to smart goals on SYP Pinterest page) goals process.

Key Questions

• How much time would it take to achieve this goal based on the skill I have right now?

• Who do I know thats an expert in this area?

• On a scale of 1-10, where do I fall?

• What is one daily/weekly action that can help me achieve this goal in 90 days or less?

  1. Pick A Mantra. This is going to help you during the next few weeks. Your mantra is your “go-to statement” that will keep you going throughout the quarter. Make sure you put this in a place that you will see daily, the lock screen on your phone, the background on your desktop, your car dashboard, wherever you look the most!

Key Questions

• Who is my favorite though leader?

• What do I need to remind myself of daily?

• What works and thoughts excite and motive me

• Where do I look, and operate daily?

  1. Find An Accountability Buddy. Once you get all of your plans on paper (a must do), make a copy and give it to a friend. This friend will be your accountability partner. Make sure your accountability partner is one who will be honest and hold you accountable for the things you have on your list. The friend that says ‘it’s ok, you can work out tomorrow” is probably not the best choice for the job.

Key Questions

• Who do I know that will be honest with me (even if I’m wrong)?

• Who can commit to weekly phone chats?

• Who has an interest in my success ?

• Who can I trust with my goals ?

You have 90 days to make 2017 your best year!

Start strong, finish stronger!

The post End 2017 Like A Boss appeared first on The Savvy Young Professional.

]]>
http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/end-2017-like-a-boss/feed/ 0 298
Are You Too Entrepreneurial for Your Job http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/are-you-too-entrepreneurial-for-your-job/ http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/are-you-too-entrepreneurial-for-your-job/#respond Sun, 15 Oct 2017 02:55:19 +0000 http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/?p=333 Do you feel trapped in your cubicle and duped into a world of same thing different day? no worries we’ve got your back. Here are 3 ways to turn your entrepreneurial spirit to fit in the corporate world.

The post Are You Too Entrepreneurial for Your Job appeared first on The Savvy Young Professional.

]]>
It’s your first month on the job, you’ve learned the ropes. the who’s who and all the policies and procedures. Your have a sparkle in your eye and you just can’t wait to “turn things around”.

BUT there’s a problem. Not one person can see your vision of the new fresh culture that you’ve played in your head over and over.

Does this story sound familiar? Do you feel trapped in your cubicle and duped into a world of same thing different day? no worries we’ve got your back. Here are 3 ways to turn your entrepreneurial spirit to fit in the corporate world.

Set a plan based on what’s actually going on

what seems to happen with most entrepreneurial types is that in the office we tend to look at things far in the future without taking into account the company’s past. While there is certainly nothing wrong with big picture thinking, in a corporate situation you must take into account all the stakeholders. make bite sized goals and connect with co-workers to get them on board before you take the team on your business road trip. remember it always takes just a little  longer to get to your destination when you have a few passengers in the car. 😉  (can I get some love for that epic car & road trip along? Just saying…)

Look for opportunities to show the advantages of the entrepreneurial mindset

In most organizations, employers are looking for people who can bring several skill sets to the table. Today’s workforce has changed so much that gone are the days of being just the “best sales person” with a lean business mentality being the new norm, the more entrepreneurial folks are getting all the corporate love theses days. If this is you, take advantage by jumping on several projects. Have Photoshop skills? volunteer to help the marketing team with creative on the next campaign. Numbers geek? Roll down to finance and ask them if they need a pair of extra hands over lunch. Having several skill sets is something that your employer will appreciate. Show them how you can be an asset in more ways that one. Yes, I can see it now employee of the year looks good on you.

Do a job audit to make sure the business is entrepreneur friendly.

I’m sure you’ve heard the stats before that we spend one-third of our life working. Yikes! With that much time on the books, it’s important that we the place we call our second home is one that we care about. To find out if your job is a place for the entrepreneurial spirit, write down the aspects of the entrepreneurial lifestyle and benchmark those against your current situation. For example if flexibility is schedule is important, take a long look at the policy & culture of your 9-5. Do you have to be in a 9am sharp no excuse or does your boss just want you to get your 40 hours in no matter how you do it. Comparing your job to the most desired parts of entrepreneurship should let you know fairly quickly if you should stay or leave the nest.

The post Are You Too Entrepreneurial for Your Job appeared first on The Savvy Young Professional.

]]>
http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/are-you-too-entrepreneurial-for-your-job/feed/ 0 333
Top 5 Reasons Your Ideas are Still Sitting on Your Desk http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/top-five-reasons-your-ideas-are-still-sitting-on-your-desk/ http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/top-five-reasons-your-ideas-are-still-sitting-on-your-desk/#respond Sun, 15 Oct 2017 02:47:35 +0000 http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/?p=311 So you have a list of 'ideas' things that can possibly change the world but for some reason you haven't put pen to paper with the details of what it take to launch you new idea.

The post Top 5 Reasons Your Ideas are Still Sitting on Your Desk appeared first on The Savvy Young Professional.

]]>
You haven’t thought the idea through

So you have a list of  ‘ideas’ things that can possibly change the world but for some reason, you haven’t put pen to paper with the details of what it takes to launch your new idea. If you want to get the action rolling on your ideas, take the top three ideas that really get you going and start an action plan on each one. You might find that some ideas take more time than you thought!

It been done before

How many times have you thought of a rock star idea only to google it and find that it has been done before? Many of the world top brands were developed on an idea that has been done before. There is nothing wrong with doing something that has been done, the key is to add your own unique twist to the idea.  Start by making a list of what you can offer that is unique to the market and focus on making your idea stand out.

You have no team

So you have a great idea a plan and you’re ready to go but whats holding you back is that you have no team to execute your plan. Well, NEWS FLASH you are the team. In the beginning stages of getting your idea off of your desk, you will have to be ready to wear many hats, you will be the project manager, the marketing team, the salesperson, and the chief financial officer. If you stick to your goal and your passionate about your idea, people will be lining up to help you grow your vision

Your favorite show is on

Let’s be honest here, how many times have you looked at your great idea list, set it on the table and turned on the TV to tune into CSI Miami ( Raises hand). While there is certainly nothing wrong with catching up on your favorite shows, putting your new-found love for Game of Thrones in front of your brand new world-changing idea is probably not the most productive thing to do. Don’t ditch the remote just yet, try waking up an hour early to tend to your new idea or even setting up your DVR to record your favorite shows and having a girls night to catch up on all that you’ve missed. whatever you decide just know TV will be waiting long after your new idea is off the ground.

You are not a millionaire

I recently chatted with a CEO of a company that is set to hit 1 million dollars in sales before the end of the year. She reviled to me that when she started her business only two years ago she only had a couple hundred dollars in the bank. what does that mean? It means that when there is a will there is a way. Not every idea spawned from a person that had thousands or even hundreds of dollars to bring it to reality. If you have a vision and the persistent to see it though nothing will stop it from becoming a reality not even lack of funds.

The post Top 5 Reasons Your Ideas are Still Sitting on Your Desk appeared first on The Savvy Young Professional.

]]>
http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/top-five-reasons-your-ideas-are-still-sitting-on-your-desk/feed/ 0 311
The Power of Picking Up the Phone http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/the-power-of-picking-up-the-phone/ http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/the-power-of-picking-up-the-phone/#respond Sun, 15 Oct 2017 02:34:34 +0000 http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/?p=300 Thinking about the fast pace communication of today time it is apparent that email has replaced personal direct contact, we’ve forgotten the phone.

The post The Power of Picking Up the Phone appeared first on The Savvy Young Professional.

]]>
I was recently at a meeting and the facilitator was asking the audience what would be the next step they would do after attempting to contact a client 3 times. I sat and thought about that question  and even considered if was a trick question or something. As I scanned the room, I saw many faces looking as though they were in deep thought, I’m not sure what they were thinking but I could only come up with one logical solution to the question.

Pick up the phone. 

You see for me the real question was why would someone email a client 3 times? Thinking about the fast pace communication of today time it is apparent that email has replaced personal direct contact. We’ve forgotten the phone. Here are few advantages to picking up the phone.

  1. It saves space in you email box. I probably spend at least 30% of my day sifting though irrelevant emails. if there are more that two emails required to convey one message, its time to pick up the phone and give your inbox a break.
  1. It sends clear communication. Some people say if you send and email with a smile, it helps to convey a pleasant attitude in your message, that may or may not be true but one thing is for sure, if you pick of the phone and call someone while you’re in a good mood, there is no mistaking that your great attitude will come across on the phone.
  1. It shows that you care. Email is a very impersonal form of communication. picking up the phone in touch situations shows that you care enough about the person to skip the send button and take the time to call. showing your undivided attention on a phone call could make a huge difference in most situations.

When your feeling a bit of fatigue at work ask your self one question. How can picking up the phone help move some of your projects along?

The post The Power of Picking Up the Phone appeared first on The Savvy Young Professional.

]]>
http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/the-power-of-picking-up-the-phone/feed/ 0 300
Do you really need a mentor? http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/do-you-really-need-a-mentor/ http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/do-you-really-need-a-mentor/#respond Sun, 15 Oct 2017 02:25:05 +0000 http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/?p=287 When it comes to getting ahead in your career, ditch the career advancement for dummies book, and invest your time and effort in something that can actually help take your career to the next level. A mentor.

The post Do you really need a mentor? appeared first on The Savvy Young Professional.

]]>
Let’s face it, over the past few years  many have turned to the DIY method to get things done. As a matter of fact, with the explosion of Pinterest DIY is the new trend and people are looking for ways to do almost everything themselves. while building a deck for your home or editing your first YouTube video sound fun, doing everything on your own your own may not serve you best in all situations.

When it comes to getting ahead in your career, ditch the career advancement for dummies book, and invest your time and effort in something that can actually help take your career to the next level. A mentor. Having someone to help or guide you along the way can save you years of trial and error. A Mentor is a good start to career success and here are a few reasons why you should invest time in finding the right one.

ExperienceOne of the most valuable gems a mentor can provide is their experience. having a mentor will allow you to bounce ideas an thoughts from someone who my have been where you are trying go. To take full advantage of this opportunity to get a view into past success and failures of someone who has been where you want to go, keep a mental list of questions about your mentors experience with a specific situation. You want to ask questions like “ what was your first experience with… or what did you do when you were faces with… once you get the ball rolling, sit back, listen and take notes.

Network

There is saying that your network is your net worth and a mentor can provide a fastback to an extensive network. One tip to make sure you get introduced to the right people, is to be crystal clear with your mentor about your career goals. Providing your mentor with a road map of your career journey can help them to link you to all the right connections. Bonus Tip: if your mentor introduces you to someone and it led to a business opportunity, send your mentor a token of appreciation for making the introduction.

Rational

You want take over your industry and the world in 90 days. It’s a story we all can relate to and having a mentor can help you to get you head out of the clouds and into the real world. Ideas and lists and blueprints are great but your mentor can provide you with a 360 approach to achieving career success. If you have your game plan  ready a mentor will be able to advise you of areas that you may have missed while you were daydreaming about the corner office.

No matter if you are just staring out in your career or you are a seasoned vet, inviting in a mentor will pay big dividends in your career and life.

If you liked this article check out the podcast on Networking Tips that Work w/ Vernon Ross.

The post Do you really need a mentor? appeared first on The Savvy Young Professional.

]]>
http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/do-you-really-need-a-mentor/feed/ 0 287
Better Presentations http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/better-presentations/ http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/better-presentations/#respond Sun, 15 Oct 2017 02:14:01 +0000 http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/?p=285 One way to really get people to remember your talk, is to use the stage or room your advantage.

The post Better Presentations appeared first on The Savvy Young Professional.

]]>
Make your power Point ROCK!!

So you have a presentation and you need to make an impact. while there are many ways to present information that sticks, here are a few tips to make sure your message is one to remember.

Ditch the podium

One way to really get people to remember your talk, is to use the stage or room your advantage. When delivering a talk, walk around the room strategically to connect with your audience. Make eye contact, as you move around the room, this will help you connect with your audience while keeping their attention. While the podium my seem all presidential, unless you are actually the president of a country (yes I mean an actual country), relaying on the podium especially while trying to get your audience to connect with you, is the fastest way to send them to la la land.

Memorize your main ideas and take from there

Power point can be a great tool, but it also can serve as a barrier between you and your audience. Try getting rid of the power point and talking to your audience like if you were chatting with a friend. If your not ready to ditch the power  point just yet, try tweaking your presentation with slides that include as few words as possible. rely  on visuals instead of text to help your audience connect to your main idea. For example, if you are trying to explain the outcome of a project, instead of using text to explain the process, try finding photos that show the before and after of the project.

Involve your audience

Polling the audience, using an icebreaker, or even adding a Q&A session to your talk can help your audience connect to your message in a real way. By using different forms of communication during your presentation, you can connect with people who learn in different ways, furthermore making your ideas stick!  Studies show that chaining the learning environment every 20 minutes will keep adult learners engaged during a training session or presentation.

Presentations can be fun and very valuable, but that’s all up to the presenter, take a few of these tips and ROCK your next presentation!

The post Better Presentations appeared first on The Savvy Young Professional.

]]>
http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/better-presentations/feed/ 0 285
How to get Raise http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/7-way-to-get-the-raise/ http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/7-way-to-get-the-raise/#respond Sun, 15 Oct 2017 01:45:39 +0000 http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/?p=283 Tanida Mullen details 7 ways to get a raise.

The post How to get Raise appeared first on The Savvy Young Professional.

]]>
7 way to get the raise

Dress for the job you want

This is simple, but so very essential. If you want the C-suite job you have to dress for the part. Even if you work in the mail room, it is important that you look ready to take a promotion at a moments notice.

Take inventory

The best time to rework your résumé is when you are gearing up to ask for a raise. sit down, grab a notebook and write down all the things you have learned in your current position. Add all of you new skills to your résumé and make sure to highlight your newest skills first

Act now ask later

When you think your ready for a raise start to take on a little more responsibility around the workplace, the trick to this is to make sure you do this without someone having to ask you. when its time for you to ask for more mula your boss will be more than ready to sign a bigger paycheck.

Work the numbers

On mistake that many people make when asking for a raise is that they, well ask for a raise. when taking the big step  to ask for more money its a must that you have an idea of exactly how much you want. work the numbers to figure out how much you need to ask for and be sure that it is an actual dollar amount or percentage.

Start with why

When you ask for more money, you will be met with many questions, the first being “why?” to make the conversation end on a good note, be ready to explain why your time and skills are worth more money than you are getting.

Make it comfortable

When setting up a meeting to ask for more money location is very important.You want to make sure that the decision maker is in their comfort zone.  Ask yourself what type of setting would be comfortable for your boss. Does he or she hate formal meetings? invite them to their favorite restaurant to talk business. If your boss is the type that loves structure and formalities inviting him out to a sports bar to talk numbers might not be the best idea.

Prepare for the NO

So you do all of this work and then your boss tells you No. You could look at this as a fail but the reality is that getting a no the first time can work to your advantage. If you boss gives you a no ask them to explain to you what you could do to get a raise, another question you might as is are their any skill, or education that you could acquire to get a yes in the future. Getting a no opens up opportunity to get play by-play instructions on how to get a yes the next time around.

The post How to get Raise appeared first on The Savvy Young Professional.

]]>
http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/7-way-to-get-the-raise/feed/ 0 283
Would You Hire You? http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/would-you-hire-you/ http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/would-you-hire-you/#respond Sun, 15 Oct 2017 01:28:39 +0000 http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/?p=257 How many times have you sat around the office and chatted with your co-workers about how deserving you are of that corner office?

The post Would You Hire You? appeared first on The Savvy Young Professional.

]]>
How many times have you sat around the office and chatted with your co-workers about how deserving you are of that corner office? I mean clearly you’re a genius and someone would be crazy not to understand that you and you alone could turn this horribly failing, in your expert opinion, company around and get it into profit city in no time! So often we talk ourselves up because we aren’t behind the helm, but more often than not, we fail to really check ourselves before we well, wreck ourselves (you like that? *winks). Here are a few ways to tell if you really are the savior that your workplace needs.

  1. Do People Actually Ask Your Opinion?

“If it were me I’d”… “they should”… “If I were the boss”… If your peers or your boss tend to pull you in for a second opinion or run ideas by you to see what you might think, pat yourself on the back you’ve gained one point on the “people actually give a damn” score board.

  1. Are You Any Good?

While this one is subjective, there are ways to figure out if you and your work are actually worth a second look. Are you prepared for meetings both large and small? Do you turn the project in on deadline or better yet, before deadline? Does your work turn heads and get feedback? If the work that you produce evokes any emotion in the sea of sameness, you might be the Kanye of the office space! This will make you laugh, but proves my point-https://youtu.be/7hsmqLZD6iU

  1. Can The Show Go On?

Let’s have a moment of honesty here, you with me? Often times, we imagine our exit from our jobs as this dramatic Oscar Nominated movie. For some reason, we tend to think that if we walked off the job today, the company would shut down and close for business because we are the glue that holds the place together. NEWS FLASH: more often than not, your are absolutely replaceable. In some cases, you actually are that good and would be hard to replace. The question is, how do you know? Simple, your employer asks you to stay. If new opportunities come up or word gets out that you might be leaving, the tell-tale sign that you are that, “Genius” is when your employer asks you to stay. Most leaders wont bother asking an employee to stay if the value is not there. If you’re threatening to leave through the grapevine and your boss doesn’t call you in for the “how can we get you to stay” talk, subtract one point, you are not the father!

  1. But What Did You Learn?

An old co-worker of mine would say, “You can’t teach an old house new tricks” ok, she was German and didn’t really have all of her sayings down, but we all know what she was getting at. If you have held a position for over a year and haven’t dug in to learn more or get additional professional development, I’m sorry to report that you will not be passing go. Not staying with the trends and investing in professional development will not only keep you stagnant, but also makes it just a little easier to replace you with a better more knowledgeable person. If you’re looking to be the Knight In Shining Armor for your company, make sure you have the skills to keep up with changes in the industry. If not, in the great words of Justin Timberlake “BYE, BYE, BYE!”

The post Would You Hire You? appeared first on The Savvy Young Professional.

]]>
http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/would-you-hire-you/feed/ 0 257
Side Hustle or Nah http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/should-i-tell-my-boss-about-the-other-job/ http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/should-i-tell-my-boss-about-the-other-job/#respond Sun, 15 Oct 2017 01:21:33 +0000 http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/?p=255 I've gotten the question here at SYP headquarters, if telling your boss about your side hustle is a smart move. This here is a good, bad and ugly answer

The post Side Hustle or Nah appeared first on The Savvy Young Professional.

]]>
Should I Tell My Boss About The Other Job?

The Millennial Generation are the kings and queens of the side hustle. There was a time where having a side hustle was considered taboo and something that was only talked about with friends and family. In today’s transient and fast paced work world having a side hustle has become a badge of honor. I’ve gotten the question here at SYP headquarters, if telling your boss about your side hustle is a smart move. This here is a good, bad and ugly answer that I can share with you today along with answers to a few FAQ’s.

The Good

Employee: Hey Mary, just wanted to let you know that I have a second job at Berry’s’ Bookstore and I wont have such a flexible schedule for last-minute projects. Cool?

Mary: absolutely!  I understand and completely appreciate the heads up, as long as it doesn’t interfere with your work on our team, go for it!

There you have it folks, the good. In a perfect scenario, you telling your boss about your side hustle be it entrepreneurial or not, could go great. If you are upfront and honest in the beginning, a good leader would do the same and make sure to share any concerns with you as soon as you drop the news. Your tone and approach make all the difference in this situation, so concentrate on staying positive and light about it.

The Bad

Employee: Hey Mary, just wanted to let you know that I opened a small boutique downtown specializing in miniature comic book figures.

Mary:  Oh wow well, how much of your time will this take? I’m not sure I can depend on you for the upcoming promotion if you’re not 100% here at ACME Brick Sales.

This is something that we see often, you tell your boss the news about the side hustle and all of a sudden they see you as “not loyal” or incapable of handling multiple projects.

Solution: Reassure your boss that your side hustle is allowing you to learn things that have helped you in our current position. Whether its webs skills, marketing, or accounting, find something that your have learned on your side hustle that can help you in your day job. It’s all about the pivot in this situation, educating your boss on the perks can take some of the concern away.

The Ugly

Employee: Hey Mary, in my free time I’ve worked with a few small business on setting up accounting and payment systems. 

Mary: Ok, your fired.

I don’t mean to scare you with this but the truth is, sharing your side hustle can result in you losing your main hustle. While this is a rare case, it is possible and you should be ready for negative responses. In most cases, you wont get fired immediately BUT your employer might start to train your replacement or start to take away projects and accounts that historically belonged to you. This is where knowing your companies polices and procedures will help you greatly. Review all non compete clauses or policies on working outside the company. Make sure that you are familiar just in case you have to defend your decisions. In this scenario, the more you know about what you can do, the better.

Survey the law of the land when making the decision to share the news of our side hustle.

The post Side Hustle or Nah appeared first on The Savvy Young Professional.

]]>
http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/should-i-tell-my-boss-about-the-other-job/feed/ 0 255
Forget the Business Cards http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/forget-business-cards/ http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/forget-business-cards/#respond Sun, 15 Oct 2017 00:58:21 +0000 http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/?p=252 The one thing that can help you step your game up at a networking event is to leave your business cards at home.

The post Forget the Business Cards appeared first on The Savvy Young Professional.

]]>
Follow Up Business Cards

The one networking tip that can make you some serious cash.

Have you ever been given a piece of advice that was so different that it made you question everything you already do? Well, this one thing we suggest for stepping you’re networking game up is going to make you think twice for sure! Now, just a little prep work and a few assumptions before we dive into things. Networking is work. For some, networking is dreadful but we will address that at another time.

For the most part, networking is work if you really know what you’re doing. Going to a meeting or special event to just “hang out” is not networking and if that’s what you think networking is, this tactic will not work for you. I’m going to go ahead and say that if you’ve read this far, you are serious about the idea of making connections for the goal of doing business and building relationships.

The one thing that can help you step your game up at a networking event is to leave your business cards at home.

Let’s explore this idea. Most people never leave home without their business cards right? Well, I honestly can say that I am known to leave my business cards somewhere that I can’t access when I “need them most”. However, leaving my business card has been the one thing that has helped me build relationships and better business connections. Why? Quite honestly, if forces the followup. Instead of the same old “you hand me your business card,” I hand you mine and we continue like we’ve never met each other routine. It usually goes something like this,

“Do you have a card?”
“Oh you know what, I left them on my desk.”
“Oh I hate when I do that.”
“Well, let me get your card and I will follow up, I’m the queen of following up so you’ll hear from me within the next few days.
“Okay perfect, looking forward to it.”

Taking a look a this conversation, there are a few power points I want you to note.

Connection

Everyone has left their cards behind at some point, so right there we are connecting on an issue that has happened to us both

Establishing Experience

“I’m excellent at follow up” it’s letting them know I take meeting you seriously and no matter what you’ll hear from me because I’m a person of my word.

Looking Forward To It

Now you’ve got their attention instead of exchanging cards and calling them when you need them. You have now set up an instant relationship builder because now you MUST follow up, they’re “looking forward to it”.

Now that you have the basics of how this works, I want you to know that this is not something you want to use all the time. This is something that you should try if you’ve forgotten your business cards or you are looking to practice the art of followup. Once you get this down, you’ll know exactly how to follow up even with the traditional business card exchange.

The post Forget the Business Cards appeared first on The Savvy Young Professional.

]]>
http://thesavvyyoungprofessional.com/forget-business-cards/feed/ 0 252