Ditch the Elevator Speech

Ditch the Elevator Speech

They say, “there’s a time and place for everything.” But there is really no room for your elevator speech at a casual networking (or getting-to-know-you) event. And it is certainly not a great opener when you’re meeting someone new with whom you’d like to develop a...
The Importance of Open-Ended Questions

The Importance of Open-Ended Questions

Have you ever been frustrated by a conversation you feel is going nowhere? One where you’re looking to get to know someone better but it’s plagued by one-word responses? It may be because of the kind of questions you’re asking. Yes and No Sometimes “yes” and “no”...
Networking Through Summer Break

Networking Through Summer Break

Ahhh…Summer. The kids are off of school. Vacation days are planned. Trips to the beach and ball games beckon. It’s a grand time. But don’t sacrifice the networking connections you’ve made! While many groups (like ours) take a break from traditional organized...
What Networking Group Should I Join?

What Networking Group Should I Join?

Are you a networking novice at a loss for where and how to get started? We at Pagoda Business Association say: start by searching out professional organizations that are centered on your field of work – human resources, public relations, accounting – whatever it may...
Become an Expert on YOU!

Become an Expert on YOU!

Can you give a clear, concise explanation of what your job is and what your duties entail? How about give some background on your workplace and its history should someone inquire? Before you dive knee-deep into networking, you’ll want to have a comfortable and...
Be Someone’s Connection Go-To

Be Someone’s Connection Go-To

You love that person you know you can rely on if you need a reference for someone in a particular field or specialty. He or she just seems to know everyone and happily and easily offers up quality resources. Want to be known in the same way? Read on… Start with...