Missy Quinn, Director of Recruitment for Contemporary Staffing Solutions, spoke at the October YWTF Philly networking panel. She shared her wealth of expertise with those in attendance. Among the key tips she offered were:
1. Begin with a plan...Why are you attending?
2. Have your 30 second commercial prepared about yourself/your business. Make sure you've practiced so you come off confident.
3. Bring your business cards. Nothing should be crossed off on your card.
4. Wear a watch so you can keep track of time. Get what you can and the move on.
5. Try to get a list of the people who will be attending, then make a plan to meet them. Make sure you know something about their company/business.
6. Pass leads first. If you do, you will have it come back to you tenfold.
7. Name tags should be worn on the right side of your suit jacket so they're easily read when you shake hands.
8. Wear a suit jacket with two pockets or carry a business card case with two sections. Put their cards in the left pocket and your own cards in the right pocket.
9. Bring a small hand bag with a pen to give/get referrals.
10. If you go with a co-worker, spread out so you'll be able to make more contacts.
11. Make sure you keep your contact list updated.
12. Follow up by e-mail, phone, interest, coffee or lunch and have fun!
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The Younger Women's Task Force (YWTF), a project of the National Council of Women's organizations, is a nationwide, diverse and inclusive grassroots movement dedicated to organizing younger women and their allies to take action on issues that matter most to them. By and for younger women, YWTF works both within and beyond the women's movement, engaging all who are invested in advancing the rights of younger women.
Through its 8 chapters, YWTF members are working to: 1) Provide a stronger voice in the policy making process for women in their 20's and 30's; 2) Increase the impact of younger women activists through the articulation of, and collaboration on, a common agenda; 3) Create a culture of inclusion where decision-making and power are practiced collectively, and members from diverse backgrounds participate in all levels of YWTF; 4) Define and develop the next generation of women leaders; and 5) Create a local and national network for peer mentoring, networking and sharing resources.
To find out more about YWTF, please email Shannon Lynberg at shannonL@ncwo-online.org