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Ignore Mom's Advice & Talk to Strangers – How to Overcome The Fear of Networking
40Plus of Greater Washington
Apr 17 - Monday
9:45 AM
11:30 AM

Networking and building relationships goes along with the territory when you’re looking for your next project, position or client. So it’s important to overcome feeling intimidated and uncomfortable. It’s easy to think (or hope) you can skip in-person events and simply build connections through online relationships. But in reality, we live in a world with other humans. Since humans are still wired to connect interpersonally, your success depends on overcoming and managing your fear of networking, and having face-to-face conversations as you develop relationships with those other humans – who may become employers, clients or referral sources.
In this session, you’ll learn: 
• What networking is and is not
• Why online networking/marketing is not enough
• The best places to network
• 3 tips for feeling more comfortable at networking events
• The most common networking mistake business people make, and how to avoid it
• How to convert conversations into continuing connections


When she was a child, Lori Saitz's report cards regularly said, "Lori is very bright but she needs to learn how to speak up in class." In 2003, she launched Zen Rabbit Baking Company and introduced the world to The Gratitude Cookie. Upon starting that business, she forced herself to go to networking events and endured many awkward conversations in hopes of meeting clients. Eventually, after spending thousands of dollars and stomach-churning hours, she figured out how to comfortably manage networking situations. Today she is known as The Quiet Girl's Guide and she not only feels comfortable meeting new people, she actually enjoys it. As a networking strategy coach and speaker, she helps other "quiet girls" get past the fear of networking so they can find success. Her services are in demand by solopreneurs and business owners who need to figure out which networking events are worth going to so they’re not wasting hundreds of dollars; what to say once they’re there so they don’t look foolish; and how to follow up afterward so their efforts aren’t wasted. Lori's reputation for going above and beyond on behalf of her clients is well known. She has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and communications. Immediately prior to launching Zen Rabbit, Lori worked as an on¬air radio personality in South Florida. She has served as a pre-GED teacher and an adult literacy tutor and is a strong proponent for increasing literacy worldwide.

1627 K Street, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006


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