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6 READERS SHARE THEIR WORST NETWORKING EXPERIENCES

 

It’s easy to think that everyone’s become a networking expert today thanks to the din around networking events and companies trying to attract attention from the career-minded. However, some people must have missed the memo judging by these networking horror stories from some of our readers.

 

1. “So do you have any kids?”

“It was my first time at a networking event and I had binge-read articles about networking and what I was supposed to do and all my prepping must have made me very nervous. I ended up tap-dancing in a spot and waiting for anyone to approach while I practiced my elevator pitch but no one came. There was one man not too far from me so I summoned up courage, walked up to him and shook his hand. He had a look that said ok? And everything I had read completely evaporated my mind. The only thing I could come up with was ‘Do you have any kids?’ He mumbled something but I was too mortified to hear it.”

2. Pride before a fall

“I was invited to speak at a non-profit employment fair so basically it was a good number of non-profits meeting and interviewing college grads for positions. I was invited since I had been involved in non-profit for over a decade but what they didn’t know was that I was nervous about speaking in public and that I felt as if my story would not resonate with a young audience. I got off to a shaky start but by the time I was 10 minutes in, everyone was laughing so hard at my real life experiences. I guess I was so stunned at their reaction that I missed a step and fell down the 3 steps as I descended from the stage. The grads got really quiet while I dusted myself off and hurried out.

3. Women’s Lib

“I had just got a promotion at my firm but I felt like an intruder in an old boys club. It drove me nuts even though I acted like it didn’t matter. I wasn’t very sure that ignoring the issue would make it stop but I didn’t want it to get worse. I reached out to a woman at our parent company because she seemed like a ballbuster and I wanted to be just like her. If there was anyone that knew how what to do, it would be her. Our first meeting was a long rant about men, the need for freedom, and her dead-beat husband. It was clear that I would have to find my way and lay down the rules. Yes, she was a ballbuster but it was so ugly to see it up-close that I wanted no part it.

4. Real Housewives of LinkedIn

“My schedule is really hectic or at least that’s the perfect excuse for not going out often. To make up for it, I try to be as engaging as I can on LinkedIn and it was going great stalking old acquaintances until I decided to take try LinkedIn’s new publishing feature. I put up a post and fell asleep on the couch watching Game of Thrones reruns. Woke up in the morning to see a few texts and LinkedIn messages telling me to take down my post. My sister’s post was something like this “Take down that article, you little shit.” I had published an article Project Management Trends that was supposed to make me look really cool but I had forgotten to delete a rant about how women might be playing up childbirth pains for sympathy sake. I had forgotten about typing that in the same word document and skipped final edits. I took it all down and I’ve stayed away ever since.

5. Networking-after-dark

“I attended an after-work networking event in the city that was chock-full of the hottest guys. I thought I had walked into the wrong place. I was so nervous whenever anyone walked up to me for an introduction that I was gulping down my wine to ease my nervousness. I was swaying on my feet by the end of the night and 1 kind gentleman had to help me into a cab. I might or might not have run my hands all over his shirt that fit like a glove and whispering um…things. Now I’m so scared of meeting anyone from that night that I’ve changed my hair color. Do you think I should move out of the city?

6. The Thing about Referrals

“I had been trying to get an in at a startup I was very interested in when I met someone who seemed like a solution. He was close friends with the founder, kind of like a silent partner. He took his time telling me about they developed the idea and expansion plans in the pipeline. I finally set up a meeting with the CEO and made the mistake of mentioning that I was an acquaintance (more like tight buddy) of the ‘silent partner’. Turns out this person was not a silent partner but a former employee that sued the company and lost. The meeting ended rather quickly. I’ve learned to do basic fact checks before dropping any names.

The only way to get better at networking is to keep at it and the thing is it actually works! It’s a great way to meet new people and sell your brand. Do you have any networking horror stories? We would love to read it if you email us at eatprayoverachieve@gmail.com

 

HERE’S WHY FIT EXECS MAKE EFFECTIVE LEADERS

-And Why These Young Ones Keep Making Bank.

As younger execs flood the corporate scene, the competition is fiercer than ever. Recent tests of problem-solving, long-term memory and attention span show that careerists with regular fitness regimens are more likely to be known for their effective leadership.

Why?

Previous generations of leadership have been considerably older and exercise has never been specifically labeled the elixir of effectiveness. But do we doubt it? Definitely not especially since our current lifestyle is a far cry from the norm 30 years ago. Today’s leader is a lot busier talking on the phone, attending back to back meetings, brainstorming at the drop of a hat, getting on more planes and chasing more deals but with far less real physical activity than ever before.

You have a 5-year plan, you wake up every day dreaming of scoring that promotion and crushing it at work. Why wait until you’re an “executive” when you could be gaining the leg up from your leadership skills right now and drawing the right attention? Here’s how to make fitness a part of your daily life to build your dream career.

 

Partner Up

You’ll love having the support until they irritate you enough to put on your running shoes on those mornings when it’s the last thing you want to do. You’ll thank them later. A fitness partner doesn’t even have to live in your neighborhood. Walking apps like… make it easy to gush over your stats at days end.

 

Prioritize

You’ll find yourself falling off the wagon if you don’t make it a priority. Be determined to keep it up even when you’re traveling for work or on vacation. Make hotel bookings with fitness facilities in mind and take vacations with friends who take fitness seriously. Running shoes, electronic wristbands, and resistance cords always make great purchases.

Track your Progress.

This isn’t as easy as it sounds. Wristbands and apps that track workouts, time spent and goals met help keep you focused but it can also be discouraging when it feels like you’re still far away from your goal. Stay focused and yes the less you obsess the smoother it will go.

 

Max the Media

Make the most of Instagram’s humongous fitness story collection. Short clips of targeted workouts by their thousands. Get inspired by amazing Before & Afters that stoke dying embers. Social media reviews of fitness products and Instagrammers will cheer you on from the moment you post your first story, inspire your entrepreneurial/marketing spirit and expand your network. There’s nothing like a ton of likes to keep you working.

 

Celebrate your Victories

The key is to stop being too hard on yourself. The best of us have fallen a few times but the trick is to get back up ASAP and stay determined to get the best results. So you missed a few workouts or you spent three days at a conference with friends who can’t tell fitness from a French fry. So what?

Get back up. We’ll be cheering for you everytime you use the hashtag #eatprayoverachieve

 

Speaking of celebrating victories, tell us/show us how you do yours and you could end up on our Instagram page for laughs.

eatprayoverachieve@gmail.com

 

 

 

HOW ONE FREELANCER’S LOVE FOR KOREAN CULTURE IS PAYING OFF.

Overachiever Interview Series

Get to Know Yang Jiyeon

 

Name: Yang Susana Jiyeon

Career Profile: Freelance Korean Instructor.

Education: Ajou Graduate School of International Studies, S. Korea.

 

Yang Jiyeon’s career is a bit of a plot twist.  From early years raised by a single dad and other parental figures in and outside the home, she quickly figured out that even though there were many around that she could reach out to, she would always be the most reliable person in her life. After a situation that led to her father kicking her out of his house, she started out on her own. Today she’s an ambassador in her own right and she shares her story of self- discovery and how the light at the end of a job hunt tunnel eventually led her to a freelance career that has, literally, opened up her world.

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#LESSONSLEARNED: ISSATA SACCOH ON MENTORING

What Mentoring Young Adults Has Taught Me.

Issata was a go-getter even before she knew what the term meant and her dad will testify. He was the one who got bugged constantly, to help her get enrolled in special programs and after-school activities. She was getting well-acquainted with business attire at 14 and writing her own resumes before she turned 15.

Today, she credits a huge chunk of her achievements to a line of gracious mentors who truly want to see her win. Along with her job as an Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Honors College, she also introduces young adult women to the concepts of entrepreneurship, development, and financing.

Today, International Mentoring Day, Issata Saccoh Oluwadare shares her mentoring stories and the importance of preparing young adults for life’s realities.

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7 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER SAY TO AN IMMIGRANT COWORKER

Is Post-Election Rhetoric Hurting Our Workforce?

 

Tensions are high in the workplace after so much contentious political conversation. There’s a lot more sensitivity to issues that lean towards the divisive, of which immigration is one of them. While the U.S 2016 elections are a thing of the past, the sensitivity is not. HR managers are having to handle more immigrant-related issues in the last 6 months than in the last 5-8 years.

Immigrants have always been part of society’s fabric and are usually known for bringing it all to the workforce table in areas of performance and productivity. So how do you have a decent conversation with these essential teammates without shooting yourself in the foot?

 

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WHAT’S IN YOUR HEAD?

 

10 Career Affirmations For Success & How To Make Them Work For You

Newsflash: You are probably responsible for the bad turns in your career!

No, I’m not being mean. Simply attempting to show you how too many of us set ourselves up for failure. Don’t believe me? For the next few hours, note (or get a friend who’s within earshot to help) every time you say something negative about yourself, your situation, your health, your finances or relationships. What this exercise will reveal might change your career and your life.
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