Tag Archives: Networking

Start your networking engine!

Between vacations and a general slowdown in business events over the summer, I’ve gotten out of the networking habit. But next week cranks up the networking engine again. Here are the first two where my red jacket and I will make an appearance this fall: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, 6 – 9 p.m. IABC/Toronto’s Professional […]

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Going to an IABC world conference? Here are some networking tips

Networking really doesn’t get any easier than at an IABC World Conference. If you’ll be there – especially if you’re a rookie or solo in a unfamiliar city – you might find these tips helpful: You can’t miss that giant badge on your lapel identifying you as a communicator. So when you get into an […]

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Volunteering: More valuable than you might think

(Updated September 2017) Hands up if you volunteer! Hey, good for you – and good for the organization you’re helping. Much of the work in associations, schools and other groups only gets done if volunteers tackle it. In fact, if you find yourself grumbling, “Why doesn’t this group [do something],” that’s a clue to a […]

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Red has the power, or not

  Oh, dear. Bad news for someone who loves red jackets for networking and presenting; according to researchers: “Red makes you sexy, dumb, attractive and repellant.” Well, wait a minute. I could live with attractive, and maybe just a little sexy. And I’m not sure how you can truly be attractive and repellant at the […]

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10 tips to network like a pro

Whether you run your own independent business or work in a corporate setting, you need to get out and network. Like having a profile on LinkedIn (as I suggested the other day), networking gives you another way of building your connections. And in the same way you always want to have a resume updated to […]

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Why The Red Jacket Diaries?

The Red Jacket Diaries track my experiences as an independent communicator, where a red “power jacket” is my secret weapon for changing from shy freelance writer to outgoing networker.

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Great sessions for Toronto indies

There are some great sessions coming up for Toronto-area independent communicators: Wednesday, May 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. Taking the fear out of cold calling Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto Ugh – who likes calling a stranger and trying to quickly prove you’re worth talking to? It’s called cold calling, and speaker Tom […]

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How to make the most of LinkedIn

There’s an art to using LinkedIn to promote yourself and your business, and social media strategist Jaime Almond told a record crowd of IABC Professional Independent Communicators and guests all about it. First, you might be interested to know that LinkedIn has more than 467 90 million members (as of January 2017) in over 200 […]

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Freelancing 101 tips

“You can have it fast, you can have it good, you can have it cheap. Pick any two. “ If these are words for independent communicators to live by — reflecting the value of what we do — why do so many of us buckle when a prospective client balks at the price we propose? […]

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How to get paid what you’re worth

Are you getting paid what you’re worth? Anyone can appreciate the value and attraction of that concept, but perhaps independent business owners most of all. I attended a networking/professional development event on just that topic, put on by IABC/Toronto’s Professional Independent Communicators (PIC). The session was a panel discussion about fees and getting paid. Here […]

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