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Lessons from Facebook

I’ve admired Sheryl Sandberg since I saw her in this TED Talk about how we have too few female leaders. 

Turns out, she’s even cooler than I thought. 

She and her husband balance high-flying careers and family by promising that at least one of them will be home to have dinner with their two children, according to MoreWorth.

Girl power and quality family time, combined. 

Monday morning Warm-up 4.16

Networking seems to be common sense: get to know other people. But whenever I’m in a situation that makes me nervous, such as meeting new people, common sense seems to fly away very quickly. 

I came across these two tips last week that require some homework, but may leave you with more ammunition next time you have the opportunity to network. 

How to work a room and make lasting connections - boston.com

"Be prepared and determine the networking goal beforehand, such as who do you want to meet. This maximizes the time spent at the event to get the most out of it."

10 Simple Tips to Networking Success - US News & World Report

Make a list of several conversation starters. If it’s uncomfortable meeting new people, advance research and planning will come in very handy at the moment a great contact extends a handshake. Maybe the person enjoys skydiving and you do too. Work the topic into the conversation. It’s not necessary to say, ‘In researching your background, I noticed you enjoy jumping from planes; so do I.’ Even in an age when it’s easy to find out anything about other people, this might seem a bit aggressive. Instead, once niceties are exchanged, feel free to comment, ‘Wow…This weather is great for skydiving. I hope it lasts until the weekend.’ The new contact will likely pick up the topic and presto—a natural conversation ensues.”

Monday Morning Warm-up

I know, it can hard to ease into Mondays — especially when your weekend was only 47 hours instead of 48, thanks to DST. Though I must admit is was lovely to hang out with the sun until 7:15 tonight.

So, make your Monday just a little less manic, or to keep you from overdosing on office coffee, here’s a Monday Morning Warm-up of some interesting workplace links: 

When should you post to Facebook? Jeff Bullas, PR Daily

Gals—don’t do any of this.  Anita Bruzzese, The Quickbase Blog

How to talk to the media.   Brad Phillips, PR Daily

What matters to you?

Confession: I have a little idea that I’d love to turn into a real business. There’s still much to figure out, but it does borrow from the idea of TOMS: “with every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One.” Not exactly what I’d go after, but similar. I figured TOMS’ founder Blake Mycoskie’s book, “Start Something that Matters” that would be a great push in the right direction to turn an idea into more of a reality and a super Metro Read. 

And it certainly was an encouragement. I didn’t realize what a, for lack of a better word, shoestring operation TOMS was in the beginning. For some reason, I thought that Mr. Mycoskie had plenty of resources at his disposal. Craigslist interns and an apartment (with roommates) turned office tell a different story. But I loved how he emphasized that having more resources doesn’t necessarily make anything easier or better. Do you need phone lines and office space? Or can you actually spend that money on higher-quality employees—or better yet, rewards for employees (great lunches and fun Friday afternoon games, for example). Starting something like TOMS didn’t need money as much as it needed hard work to get off the ground. I like that. (Special thanks to the Arlington County Public Library—reading this book was free!)

I also thought another great takeaway was the emphasis on story. Having a powerful story is so important, I agree. Not only will it draw people—potential customers—in, as someone with a public relations and journalism background, I see a compelling story as a PR asset. And, a great story makes it so that you don’t have to go around hawking a gadget—you get to tell people a story. So much better than just “selling.” Or, selling your soul for a corporate gig. Mr. Mycoskie also made a point to write that most people have a story, and most people have a community full of friends, family and colleagues to tell this story to. Finding the influencers (or the connectors, as Malcolm Gladwell deemed them) in your community is incredibly important, as these are the folks who can most likely carry your story the furthest and get it to the people who matter the most. 

So—what matters to you? What is your story? Who are you telling it to? I’ve got mine. Just refining it now. 

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