How would you know if the contact for your next great opportunity happened to be living across the street? How would someone who is looking for someone just like you realize that you are sitting just two tables away at Starbucks?
Once we realize that our dream jobs aren’t usually posted in the classified ads, and when we accept that most of the resumes and business cards we distribute are either filed or thrown away, it’s time to take our marketing and networking to the next level.
Author Tom Peters called it “The Brand Called You” and it’s at the heart of personal career planning and professional reinvention. This week, we have two guests who demonstrate essential success strategies for building a professional identity and building effective connections with others. This week’s guests demonstrate the power of networking and the value of an intriguing “elevator pitch”:
Colleen Robb is Regional Advancement Director of Medshare a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving healthcare (and the environment) through the efficient recovery of surplus medical supplies and their redistribution to underserved healthcare facilities in developing countries. She learned about the job while having drinks with a neighbor. She talked about her doctoral studies in nonprofit strategy and entrepreneurship and her passion for converting ideas into opportunities that create value. He arranged a meeting for her at Medshare, and an important partnership was created. Check out Medshare at http://www.medshare.org/
Anne B. Freedman is President of Speak Out, Inc. which helps businesses and community leaders create and deliver presentations that get results, promote ideas and influence change. She became intrigued by the power of delivering just-in-time consulting support to her clients. Working with programmers, she recently launched an app called WOWPitch, which “helps you transform those face-to-face moments of opportunity into powerful connections by guiding you through selecting the right words to describe you and what you offer”. http://wowpitch.co/