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August 31, 2017

Planning for Serendipity: Successfully networking at Fall Meeting (or other conferences)

Conferences are a great place to grow your professional network, and with some careful planning and flexibility, you can maximize your chances of making valuable connections.  Though the abstract deadline for Fall Meeting has come and gone, it’s not too late (or too early) to start developing your networking action plan. Summer (4-6 months): Submit Your Abstract and Book  Accommodations Submit Your Abstract Start your networking well before the meeting.  Distribute …

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August 30, 2017

Verbal Jujutsu: A Conversation Catalyst

Drawing introverts into conversations can be difficult.  As an introvert, I will admit to curmudgeonly behavior in social situations.  Frankly, I’d rather eat chopped liver than go to a reception of people I don’t know, so networking and small talk can be awkward.  Put me in a room with other introverts and we might as well decorate the room like a middle school dance because everyone is going to be clutching a …

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August 24, 2017

“Everyone works in fundraising”: Expecting the unexpected

While there’s something to be said about proactively creating your own career opportunities, perhaps more important is being prepared for opportunities when they do arrive.  At a fundraising gala for a previous employer, one of the guests began asking me about specific details related to a project’s fundraising plan.  I apologized and embarrassingly explained that I didn’t work in the development department* and therefore didn’t know the particulars.  The gentleman …

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