BewareThe Ides of March: Or, how to expect the bestand be prepared for the worst            Presented to    The Networking...
‘Beware the Ides of March’    A warning to Julius Caesar•     The Ides of any month is the 15th.•    Brutus warned Caesar ...
Expect the best              --but prepare for the worst•   Know and hone your short intro speech.•   Do your homework bef...
Know and hone your short intro speech•   Do you know the formula?•   Do you have it down (did you rehearse)?•   Which vers...
Are you at a loss for words?•   What can you say about yourself?•   Take a minute-rehearsing in NOT overrated!•   Think! W...
Do your homework•   Where is the event?•   Who is the host?•   Did you arrange any meetings?•   Who are you expecting to m...
Ok, I’m unprepared, now what?•   Why didn’t I program the address into my phone?•   Whose party is this anyway?•   I could...
Dress appropriately•   Will you be sitting, standing or walking around?•   Is there a dress code?•   Would you make any mo...
What? Did I spill something on myself?•   Sit, stand or walk around? Or get out of the way!•   I should’ve asked what peop...
Bring business cards•   Did you forget them?•   Are you putting them in a different pocket from your    own cards?.•   Are...
D@%*, I forgot my cards!•   What were you thinking?•   Did you remember your extras in the car?•   Can you “bump” your pho...
Have a follow-up plan•   Are there new people or people already in your    network?•   Will you call them back?•   Send an...
Great! It’s over. I have to do what?•   Yeah, I already know all of these people.•   I have to make calls?•   Nobody wants...
So, be prepared•   Know and hone your short intro speech.•   Do your homework before going to an event.•   Be dressed appr...
Q&A      Alice from Dallasand The Relentless Networker
Contact InfoAlice Dykemaninfo@dykemanassociates.com214-528-2991http://www.dykemanassociates.com
Contact InfoPaul E Maynardpmaynard@ndcc.org214-368-0596www.ndcc.org
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Presented March 12, 2013, at the North Dallas Chamber's Networking Skills Workshop. Alice Dykeman and Paul E Maynard teach this quarterly program.

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Beware the Ides of March: Or, how to expect the best & be prepared for the worst in networking

  1. 1. BewareThe Ides of March: Or, how to expect the bestand be prepared for the worst Presented to The Networking Skills Workshop March 12, 2013 Alice from Dallas and The Relentless Networker
  2. 2. ‘Beware the Ides of March’ A warning to Julius Caesar• The Ides of any month is the 15th.• Brutus warned Caesar to “beware.”• On the Ides of March “the sea succumbs to chaos and the full moon brings high tides.” Alice from Dallas and The Relentless Networker
  3. 3. Expect the best --but prepare for the worst• Know and hone your short intro speech.• Do your homework before going to an event.• Be dressed appropriately for the event.• Bring business cards.• Have a follow-up plan. Alice from Dallas and The Relentless Networker
  4. 4. Know and hone your short intro speech• Do you know the formula?• Do you have it down (did you rehearse)?• Which version for this event?• Can you improvise (think on your feet)? Alice from Dallas and The Relentless Networker
  5. 5. Are you at a loss for words?• What can you say about yourself?• Take a minute-rehearsing in NOT overrated!• Think! What should I say to these people?• If that won’t work, what will? Alice from Dallas and The Relentless Networker
  6. 6. Do your homework• Where is the event?• Who is the host?• Did you arrange any meetings?• Who are you expecting to meet there?• Is anybody going with you? Alice from Dallas and The Relentless Networker
  7. 7. Ok, I’m unprepared, now what?• Why didn’t I program the address into my phone?• Whose party is this anyway?• I could’ve met Bob here!• Too bad I don’t know anybody here!• Why didn’t I bring Carol? Alice from Dallas and The Relentless Networker
  8. 8. Dress appropriately• Will you be sitting, standing or walking around?• Is there a dress code?• Would you make any modifications to adjust?• Are your shoes comfortable? Alice from Dallas and The Relentless Networker
  9. 9. What? Did I spill something on myself?• Sit, stand or walk around? Or get out of the way!• I should’ve asked what people would be wearing first?• If I ditch the tie…• Nikes, Rockports or Cole Haans? Alice from Dallas and The Relentless Networker
  10. 10. Bring business cards• Did you forget them?• Are you putting them in a different pocket from your own cards?.• Are there extras in the car?• Do you have an alternative for info exchange? Alice from Dallas and The Relentless Networker
  11. 11. D@%*, I forgot my cards!• What were you thinking?• Did you remember your extras in the car?• Can you “bump” your phone instead?• Could you take their card and offer to send them an email with your contact info? Alice from Dallas and The Relentless Networker
  12. 12. Have a follow-up plan• Are there new people or people already in your network?• Will you call them back?• Send an email?• How about a hand-written note? Alice from Dallas and The Relentless Networker
  13. 13. Great! It’s over. I have to do what?• Yeah, I already know all of these people.• I have to make calls?• Nobody wants another email?• I can’t remember the last time I wrote in cursive. Alice from Dallas and The Relentless Networker
  14. 14. So, be prepared• Know and hone your short intro speech.• Do your homework before going to an event.• Be dressed appropriately for the event.• Bring business cards.• Have a follow-up plan. Alice from Dallas and The Relentless Networker
  15. 15. Q&A Alice from Dallasand The Relentless Networker
  16. 16. Contact InfoAlice Dykemaninfo@dykemanassociates.com214-528-2991http://www.dykemanassociates.com
  17. 17. Contact InfoPaul E Maynardpmaynard@ndcc.org214-368-0596www.ndcc.org

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