Easy Guide to Networking

Networking is apart of everything we do, it goes hand in hand with our future business careers. Most of us aren’t always excited about entering a room full of strangers and exchanging smiles and small talk. However these FIVE tips will take the weight off your shoulder the next time you have that six o’clock networking event to attend to.

Networking group.jpeg1. 15 minutes early is ON TIME! 

You may want to show up and engage in conversation with people whom have already been there just waiting, but showing up early at a networking event is a much better strategy than getting there on the later side. As a first attendee, you’ll notice that it’s calmer and quieter – and people won’t have settled into groups yet. It’s easier to find other people who don’t have conversation partners yet.

2.SMILE! 

As simple as it sounds people forget to smile often leaving an negative impression before anyone is willing to engage in conversation. By smiling, you’ll put your nervous self at ease, and you’ll also come across as warm and inviting to others. Remember to smile before you enter the room, or before you start your next conversation. Attending the event with a positive mind allows you to leave with positive connections.

3. KNOW YOUR BRAND! 

Remember, networking is all about relationship building. You also have to remember your at the event to meet potential clients or to land an interview with a new company. If a potential client does ask you about your brand, be ready with an easy description of your company. Before the event, create a mental list of recent accomplishments, such as a new client you’ve landed or project you’ve completed. That way, you can easily pull an item off that list and into the conversation.

4. Talk about what your PASSIONS! 

Win people over with your enthusiasm for your product or service. Leave a lasting impression by telling a story about who you are and what you like to do. Talking about what you enjoy is often contagious, too. When you get other people to share their passion, it creates a memorable two-way conversation.

5. Remember to follow up.

It’s often said that networking is where the conversation begins, not ends. If you’ve had a great exchange stay connected. Some people like email or phone; others prefer social networks like LinkedIn. Get in touch within 24 hours of the event to show you’re interested and available, and reference something you discussed, so your contact remembers you.
Now you should be stress free and ready to go to the next event with more confidence than ever. Be you and makes some new connections.

You Go .jpgxoxo BLKBRB P.R. Girl living in a P.R. World

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Take Me Back to L.A.

So much to do with such little time. Just as my Christmas holiday break started I book the first flight to L.A with only three days to explore. More than I expected L.A  has became my new favourite place to visit.

L.A .pngI managed to visit Hollywood Blvd, West Hollywood, The Grove, stayed in Beverly Hills and experienced my most memorable hike. Not to mention the food I ate was amazing.

Where I laid my head you ask? Myself and my travel buddy managed to score a cute apartment in Beverly Hills for literally half the price I expected to pay all because of Airbnb. Fully furnished with balcony and only about 10 minutes away from all the best attractions in L.A.

Day One

I arrived Saturday afternoon and made my first stop at the famous In & Out Burger joint. I ordered the delicious cheese burger with fresh cut skinny fries and slurped on my soda, while my cab driver got me to my home for the next two days. I then settled in and conveniently enough my Airbnb host already had a guide for myself and my friend, so the journey begun with us meeting local friends and exploring west Hollywood for the night.

Day Two 

Rise and shine I started my Sunday off at the famous dinner Norms where I had the most delicious pancakes made in history. Then I headed to Hollywood Blvd. so I can see all  the famous hand prints. I decided to walk off my big breakfast on Melrose, where I spent loads of cash on exclusive gear from HUF pop up shop and Nasty Gal.

Day Three

Slightly tearing up inside that I only managed to visit for such short time, but determined to spend my last day in the beautiful city smart and strategically. I took a hike at 8:00 a.m. at the Griffith Park  and got to finally see the Hollywood sign like how its displayed in all the famous movies. I also got to see some beautiful architect work and managed to bump into a monk where I received two free healing books that are very important to me. After my beautiful visit to the observatory we enjoyed a healthy meal at Urth Cafe on Melrose where I at my first’ever oven pizza. My journey did not come to an end there just before I went to catch my flight I visited the adorable kittens at Crumbs & Whiskers enjoyed a coffee and pet all the kittens. Last stop was the Urban Lights  the contemporary art piece at LACMA, most beautiful moment of my trip.

Even though I didn’t get to spend more time in L.A I will defiantly be going back and hope when you get to visit you explore the beautiful city just like I did.

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Until next time L.A
xoxo BLKBRB P.R. Girl Living in P.R. World

Who is the Original Black Barbie

img_0053Hello viewers, this is BLKBRB age 22, and currently a public relations student at Durham College. I will be sharing with you my personal journey in life and you will see me evolve into something or that somebody I’m “suppose to be”, whatever that is.

I am currently enrolled in a program that best suited my personality and future goals, not because I’m a great writer (obviously not). I am glad however I am closing this chapter of my life very soon and learned more than I expected. My hobbies includes taking photos of street art, delicious food, and anything extravagant. I am also a full-time yogi, part-time hairstylist and part time bartender. Basically I am Jill of all trades.

By now your probably wondering what does BLKBRB stand for? Have no fear the curiosity ends here. It happens to stand for Black Barbie I know not black be right back . Funny story in grade school I had to create a licence plate that best suited my personality and it stuck with me ever since. Chic, brave and black, yes that’s me the original Black Barbie. I am full of surprises you’ll never know what I’m doing next. Stick around, read about my experiences, take back some tips and enjoy the ride. Hopefully one day we cross paths and have a chapter to talk about together.

PR Girl living in a PR world,
BLKBRB💁