5 Tips to Build Better Rapport at Networking Events

“Can I have your business card?”

“Why? You don’t even know who I am!?”

Networking events are filled with many different characters. There is always the person who “throws up” on you and discusses why they are so great and how they have “the perfect opportunity specifically for you.” Then there are the people that are there to strictly generate leads. “Can I have your card? Can I have your card? Did I ask yet if I can have your card?”

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Utilize the Power of Writing

WritingPutting your hand to a piece of paper with an instrument to document your thoughts is liberating. Once a chore while we sat in uncomfortable chairs in school, writing when you’re older allows you to realize what’s important to you, can actually save you from your busy mind, and help you take control over your legacy. Continue Reading

How to Handle Yourself in a Crisis

lost“Why don’t we go to the last trail marker and then try to find the hut from there?” I asked.

“Because the hut is off the trail by .8 miles.”

This answer felt like a punch in the gut. At this moment, the snowfall picked up, we were exhausted after nine miles of hiking in the snow, the cloud cover caused the sky to get dark earlier, and our group couldn’t locate our shelter.  Being exposed in the wilderness with no easy access to civilization (or any other building to provide shelter) made our group vulnerable to the mountain. Continue Reading

What is Your Identity?

CompassEveryone looks back at decisions made in the past and contemplate how life could be different. What would your life be like if you took that job in Atlanta instead of Aspen? What if you chose to go to a different college?
Life would be different. You would have met different friends, learned different work/life skills, and remember different memories. No matter what path your journey took place, you would be you, and possibly a different you.

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Passion is Learned, Not Given.

A few months ago, a friend mentioned that he didn’t understand this millennial generation.  I asked him to elaborate since I’m a proud member of said generation. He explained that a potential hire asked in the interview process if his company provides a work-life balance.

juggleWork-life balance is a buzz word for many working professionals and people understand that there is more to life than the office. That’s great. Enjoy the outdoors, spend time at home with your family, or find time to relax. My challenge to you is to align your passions with work so you achieve a work-life blend.

The candidate in the previous situation didn’t join my friend’s team because it wasn’t a good fit for both parties. My friend was irked by this interview question because he enjoys what he does, and wants to surround himself with other like-minded, driven professionals. The mention of that question by the candidate clued my friend that this person was looking to fulfill a role, rather than contribute to the company’s success. Continue Reading

Learn From Success: 5 Interviews with Inspiring Leaders

Are you inspired by people in your network? If you aren’t, you need to meet some new people.

Being successful in my business is important to me and these individuals motivate me to follow my passion to positively influence the lives of my clients. My last article encouraged you to reach out to individuals in your network and to learn how their work skills benefit their daily lives.

During these interviews, each mentor had some great advice for success. These words of wisdom are helping me improve my business, and life in general, and I hope they motivate you to reach success with me.

First of all, thank you to all these fantastic people for their time and willingness to answer my questions. It was a great opportunity to catch up and to learn about their distinguished careers.

Ralph Rubio – Co-Founder of Rubio’s, a Fresh Mexican restaurant chain with over 190 locations.
Ralph and his father opened their first Rubio’s in 1983 in Mission Bay, San Diego, and took the company public in 1999.

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Here’s a Quick Way to Prevent Mistakes

For Really Big MistakesHave you ever picked up a new tool, approached the task, and instantly saw the results you intended? Or joined a friend for their favorite sport and exceled instantly during your first try? Pretty good feeling, right? Happen often? Nope. There is a learning curve for pretty much everything.  If you want to learn a new gadget, hobby, sport, or life-changing habit, you generally have to go through some frustrations before seeing the desired results. Continue Reading