Lessons Learned: 7 Dos and 7 Don’ts for Great Networking

August 07, 2015


As I approach my senior year at Florida State, I find it incredible how much I have learned — especially in the area of effective communication. My business classes sparked an interest in the need to communicate with other people well, whether it be at a networking event, an interview or a meaningful conversation. Outside the classroom, I have learned countless lessons from involvement in my sorority and networking events I attend on campus. This year, I stepped out of my comfort zone and started attending Seminole Futures, networking events with more than 100 businesses present. Although it was overwhelming at first, each time it gets less nerve-racking and more exciting.

Looking back on my experiences, I’ve come up with some dos and don’ts to help build your communications skills and make a great impression at your next networking event.

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4 Reasons Why Our Addiction to Smartphones Can be Good for Business

When I look around in a waiting room, on a bus ride and even in my classes (sorry, professors, but you know it’s true) the overwhelming number of people using their smartphones is astounding. The increasing popularity of smartphones has come with a high cost – shutting out the world around us. And although the obsession with mobile phones and unwillingness to unglue from them is often associated with Millennials, the addiction is actually widespread over all age groups. With 49 percent of all U.S. adults ages 50-64 owning a smartphone, it is no surprise that wherever we are and whoever we’re with, no one can take their eyes off their screen.

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Spread the Love, Tell your Story

February 14, 2014


When I was a little girl, Valentine’s Day was one of my favorite holidays. My mom would wake up early to decorate the kitchen with red and white streamers and confetti, and make heart-shaped pancakes. My sisters and I exchanged cards with my dad and we would always receive a card from our grandpa in the mail. Then I would go to school and exchange cards with my friends, classmates and, if I was particularly bold, my crush du jour. As I’ve gotten older, the holiday’s emphasis has shifted somewhat from familial love to romantic love, but one thing that has remained constant is the exchanging of cards.

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You CAN Handle the Truth: Using Social Media to Manage your Brand

This past Sunday night I flipped my television to HBO, excited for the premiere of the new season of Girls, and happened to catch the end of an episode of True Detective with Matthew McConaughey. I was never terribly impressed by his acting and I was shocked to find that, even in the few minutes […]

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Expert Advice on the Importance of Business Relationships

February 19, 2013


If you ask someone about the term inbound marketing, you will hear a lot about creating great content, implementing calls to action to generate leads and then nurturing those leads and converting them into customers. Each of these strategies is tangible, but often in marketing your business, it’s the intangible that sets you apart from […]

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