Entries by Jeff Chapski

Email Dominates Your Day

The task of emailing consumes about a fourth of the average worker’s day, according to a 2012 report done by the McKinsey Global Institute and International Data Corporation. A separate survey estimated that the average corporate email user sends and receives about 105 emails per day. Despite the many efficiencies of email, the sheer volume […]

Use Email Effectively

When communicating by email, follow these guidelines: Be cautious when using “forward.” Does the original sender expect you to forward it? When you send an email, are you sure how it will be handled? Will the recipient forward it to others? Be safe and assume your email will be forwarded. Be judicious when using “reply […]

Networking hint. . . location matters.

Where you stand in the room at a networking event can change the outcome for you. e two most important locations are the registration table and the beverage table. If the event you’re attending has a registration table, this is where it all begins. Say hello to the person behind you in line. Linger after […]

Networking Hint. . . meet the organizer.

In the last post, we highlighted one benefit of arriving at a networking event early. Another benefit is that you increase the chances of meeting the person who organized or is hosting the event. is is a good person to know. If you are new to the particular group or event, you can mention this […]

Networking Hint. . . arrive early

If you’re attending an event at which you don’t know many people, arrive early. Unlike being fashionably late to a social function, arriving early at a networking event makes it easier to become part of the party instead of feeling like you’ve arrived at a party that has started without you.

At the Networking Event – You’re On!

For people nervous about networking, showing up to a networking event may be the biggest hurdle of all. I hope that by preparing for that inevitable question, “What do you do?” you feel more con dent and less anxious. If not, spend more time practicing and rehearsing your short and long responses. Practice your dialogue […]

Examples of networking conversations

These are highly simplified examples, but they do emphasize several key points. First, in my experience, 99 percent of networking situations begin with ”What do you do?” You will be ready to answer effectively if you’ve prepared and practiced a short response that includes a hook and you have a well thought out long response. […]

Dress Rules for the Workplace

DRESS RULES FOR THE WORKPLACE If you wear it to the beach, don’t wear it to work. If you wear it to the bar on Saturday night, don’t wear it in the of ce. Cheap suits are easy to spot. Make an investment in a well- tted suit. A modestly priced suit can be tailored […]

Your Personal Brand

Generally speaking the term “personal branding” is the practice of positioning yourself as a commercial brand. Like Nike, Coke, Apple, you (as a professional) are also a brand. The definition of personal brand varies by industry and profession. In a 1997 Fast Company article, “The Brand Called You,” Tom Peters coined the phrase “personal branding” […]