know your roots what interests you, drives you, gives you purpose/energy
practice talking about yourselfSeattle native, San Antonio-schooled (talk aboutyour culture shock!). Equal love for Shakespeareand country music. Best shows of all time:M*A*S*H and The West Wing. Both w/ AlanAlda. Coincidence?
my twitter bio@samirluther Missouri-born, LGBT & environmental/public transit advocate, techie desi (South Asian... but via Kenya) with an HR / CSR bent tag lines: “professional homosexual” “career queer”
what’s in your wallet? Samir Luther email@example.com +1-202-495-0950www.linkedin.com/in/samirluther
2: be genuinely curious people love feeling useful/needed
what do you have in common with the people in this room? find common ground
working the roomhttp://lifehacker.com/5332556/learn-how-to-work-a-crowd
be relaxed & authentic minimize negativity make mistakesavoid one-word answers
answers: more than one word! extend your answers – make them opportunities for hooks hooks = memorable
exit strategy! • come back to the goals of what you need to accomplish “is there something in specific that you’d like to follow-up?” • excuse yourself – Restroom – “I can’t stay for too much longer and was hoping to meet some of the staff. Why don’t you follow-up with me by e- mail?” • don’t give out your cell phone (try Google Voice)
3: put yourself out there and ignore the assholes!!
tale of a Hill Stafferwho happens to be a very good friend of mine
takeaway: don’t be afraid to ask for something• business card• get coffee or a drink sometime to hear more about you and how you got to where you are?• find out more about that report you’re working on• connect me to your colleague/friend?• would you mind if I added you on Facebook?
less-awkward second encounters“Hi Alison, I’m Samir – we spoke after your Welcoming Schools presentation at Creating Change last year. Thanks again for your tips on…
the next-day follow-up emailSubject: Follow-Up to GLIFAA Happy HourDear Jon:Thank you again for taking the time to speak with me about opportunities in foreign affairs at theGLIFAA Happy Hour last week. You mentioned connecting me to a colleague of yours who mightbe able to help me find positions to apply to – would you mind providing me with an emailintroduction?Thanks again, and have a good week.With gratitude,SamirSamir Luthersamirluther@gmail.com202-495-0950www.facebook.com/samirlutherwww.linkedin.com/in/samirluther
should you add/accept? ask your manager for recommendation