Networking: You Hate It Right? Here’s Why

Do you recognize the classic acronym ‘WIIFM’? If not, it stands for ‘What’s In It For Me?’ and suggests that we make decisions based on the impending value we may gain. Rather than try to refute this, what I’d like to do is upend the way we perceive value. When I ask...

9 Questions You Should Ask Your Network Right Now

In my mid 20s, I felt pretty lost. While many of my friends who were settled into careers seemed to whiz past me, I stood in their dust. I felt pretty low and uncertain how to figure out what was next. Fortunately, I befriended a woman who did employee development...

How To Make Email Introductions Where Everyone Wins

Remember that time when you were on the receiving end of an email introduction that you really didn’t want? You likely felt obligated to reply and to carve out time to spend with the third party because of your relationship with the introducer. Or perhaps you just...

How To Nurture Your Network Effectively Without Being Annoying

After the initial excitement of meeting someone dissipates, it is often followed by the well-meaning intention of “let’s stay in touch”, but most often, neither party does, and the possibility of a relationship fades. Meeting someone is just the kickoff. What matters...

5 Quick Tips To Help You Connect With Anyone You Want to Meet

How would it feel if I told you that the person with whom you most want to connect is less than 3.5 degrees of separation away from that interaction you so desire? Don’t let that emotion pass, because if you believe the scientists at Facebook, it’s true. According to...

Calling All Change Agents: The New Normal Needs You

Excuse me, have we met? Weren’t you the one questioning leadership at the last company town hall? The so-called “squeaky wheel” that’s forever pushing back on the status quo? The person that the organization has learned to avoid, undermine, or even silence? Oh, yeah,...

Great Night @ Michael’s Cafe

It was a great night for networking in Timonium at Michael's Cafe.  The venue was upbeat and accommodating to everyone that attended.  The crab cakes hors d'oeuvres really hit the spot and were a crowd favorite.  There were so many new faces at this event  which is...

Tequila Theater: Discussing Over Drinks by Goza Tequila

You did it. You accepted a business colleague's invitation to "discuss over drinks." Or, perhaps, you issued the invitation. Well, now what? We're here to help. Below, fair actors, you will find a crafted script for conducting business in a bar. Act One: Set the Scene...

A Night of Networking Under the Red Maple

It was an incredible night for networking in downtown Baltimore at the Red Maple lounge.  A continuous hallway of quaint nooks that leads out to a beautiful red maple tree created a setting for some great conversation.  Thanks to everyone that made it out it was truly...

Dear Scarlet Oak Superstars!

Hope you made it home mostly dry and full of pizza!   If this was your first time joining us for an event, a huge thank you for coming to check it all out! If you're already an old pro at this, thank you for coming back! We're really thrilled to have each and...

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