A glass of wine in one hand. A handshake in the other. What's a girl to do when she ALSO needs her phone to connect with people on LinkedIn? Well, she needs to wear a jacket (or pants) with pockets. I know this. I've known it for years ... and yet I still picked the wrong outfit when I went to a fabulous networking event last week. It was a big mistakes. My tip to you? Learn from my mistake and pick clothes with pockets.
Pockets! You need pockets when networking
0:00:01.010,0:00:06.930 pockets I'm here today to talk to you 0:00:04.350,0:00:10.620 about pockets and why you need pockets 0:00:06.930,0:00:12.090 when you go to a networking event hi my 0:00:10.620,0:00:13.920 name is Katherine Byers breed and I'm 0:00:12.090,0:00:17.520 here with your weekly motivator with a 0:00:13.920,0:00:20.220 really important networking tip you need 0:00:17.520,0:00:21.990 pockets when you go to a big networking 0:00:20.220,0:00:26.220 event and you expect to meet new people 0:00:21.990,0:00:27.539 you need pockets this motivator is 0:00:26.220,0:00:30.029 mostly for the women out there because 0:00:27.539,0:00:31.470 guys you always have pockets you'll have 0:00:30.029,0:00:34.260 pockets in your pants you have pockets 0:00:31.470,0:00:37.710 in your jackets but we know pockets look 0:00:34.260,0:00:40.500 no pockets here no pockets here no 0:00:37.710,0:00:43.920 pockets in my pants no pockets it's a 0:00:40.500,0:00:49.289 problem and I know this and I learned 0:00:43.920,0:00:51.360 this trick years ago and yet last week I 0:00:49.289,0:00:53.579 went off to a networking event an 0:00:51.360,0:00:55.500 evening social with wine and delicious 0:00:53.579,0:00:59.100 hors d'oeuvres and wine tasting and 0:00:55.500,0:01:02.820 prizes and guess what I wore an outfit 0:00:59.100,0:01:05.540 with no pockets so there I stood trying 0:01:02.820,0:01:10.229 to make a decision between wine 0:01:05.540,0:01:13.290 delicious prosciutto a handshake and a 0:01:10.229,0:01:15.450 smart phone basically I needed four 0:01:13.290,0:01:17.990 hands because it was delicious wine it 0:01:15.450,0:01:21.390 was a wine tasting afterall wine 0:01:17.990,0:01:23.610 delicious hors d'oeuvres handshakes and 0:01:21.390,0:01:25.950 you want a clean hand at that point and 0:01:23.610,0:01:29.189 a smart phone why didn't I say business 0:01:25.950,0:01:30.990 cards you know I do have business cards 0:01:29.189,0:01:32.939 there are some people who still like to 0:01:30.990,0:01:36.329 collect them I'm rather fond of my 0:01:32.939,0:01:38.640 business cards however instead of 0:01:36.329,0:01:42.299 exchanging business cards it is much 0:01:38.640,0:01:45.149 more effective in a minute and long term 0:01:42.299,0:01:46.979 to whip out your smartphone and connect 0:01:45.149,0:01:48.540 with people on LinkedIn immediately when 0:01:46.979,0:01:51.149 you meet somebody that you connect with 0:01:48.540,0:01:53.549 you see an opportunity to grow each 0:01:51.149,0:01:55.490 other's business become friends whatever 0:01:53.549,0:01:57.649 it is if you want to stay connected 0:01:55.490,0:01:59.520 instead of exchanging business cards 0:01:57.649,0:02:02.159 connect with them immediately on 0:01:59.520,0:02:05.009 LinkedIn but that's hard to do if you 0:02:02.159,0:02:07.469 have no pockets so what did I do well 0:02:05.009,0:02:09.179 for a while I had my work bag slung over 0:02:07.469,0:02:12.130 my shoulder and that was awkward and 0:02:09.179,0:02:14.500 clunky so um 0:02:12.130,0:02:18.040 then I set that down and I just carried 0:02:14.500,0:02:19.990 my phone in my hand and then it's then 0:02:18.040,0:02:21.790 I've also figured out what else to do if 0:02:19.990,0:02:24.160 I want to drink when I'm having a 0:02:21.790,0:02:25.600 conversation with somebody I'll say are 0:02:24.160,0:02:27.940 you thirsty would you like to go get a 0:02:25.600,0:02:29.740 drink and I walk and talk with them 0:02:27.940,0:02:31.900 while we together go and get the drink 0:02:29.740,0:02:34.930 that keeps the conversation going with 0:02:31.900,0:02:36.340 hors d'oeuvres I also said boy those 0:02:34.930,0:02:38.080 hors d'oeuvres look delicious would you 0:02:36.340,0:02:40.630 like to go grab something and most 0:02:38.080,0:02:42.930 people say yes and walk over with me but 0:02:40.630,0:02:46.120 one guy said no I'm not hungry 0:02:42.930,0:02:48.730 so I chose to stay and talk to him a 0:02:46.120,0:02:50.800 little while longer so I could learn 0:02:48.730,0:02:53.050 enough about him to follow up with them 0:02:50.800,0:02:56.950 later on and decide if we should connect 0:02:53.050,0:03:00.190 on LinkedIn so anyway pockets that is my 0:02:56.950,0:03:02.140 tip for you for the week is next time 0:03:00.190,0:03:04.120 you head off to a networking event or 0:03:02.140,0:03:07.840 anywhere where you think you might bump 0:03:04.120,0:03:10.360 into some good new connections make sure 0:03:07.840,0:03:13.590 you have pockets thanks for tuning in 0:03:10.360,0:03:13.590 everybody have a great rest of the week