Posts tagged with “Connected Woman”

Connecting vs. Networking, and Other Stories

Wednesday, 14 April, 2010

Last night I spoke at The Connected Woman’s monthly Mix and Mingle, and met a great group of women in a diverse range of industries, with a wide palette of experiences and enthusiasms. The focus that Cathy Kuzel (of Connected Woman) keeps within the group is on the idea of making real connections, not just gathering business cards, which is something I strongly believe in.

In a smaller group such as this, there is the opportunity to learn more about what each person does, who they are beyond that, and what it is that they might be looking for. While my talk concentrated on using business writing skills to get your foot in the door, the advice and discussion from the group added different layers of information and input.

One of the woman at the group was Emma Cooper, of Clarity Jane Personal Organizers, who also volunteers for Dress for Success. DFS is a wonderful organisation that runs worldwide and is a “non-profit … dedicated to improving the lives of women located in 85 cities across the U.S., Canada, the U.K., the Netherlands and New Zealand. The professional clothing, employment retention programs and ongoing support that we provide our clients symbolize our faith in every woman’s ability to be self-sufficient and successful in her career.” (From: Dress for Success website)

DFS is putting on a great event, the Impact Event for Change, at Birks Jewellers in Vancouver on April 20th. There will be fantastic speakers, including women that have been through the DFS program, free wine, silent auctions and more. You can check out the Vancouver location website for more information and to book tickets.

One of the things that I tried to emphasize in the talk was ensuring that you have a purpose when communicating, and that you aren’t afraid to ask for what it is that you want. Emma was very clear that she was there to promote the DFS event, and therefore it was easy to help! A reminder that we shouldn’t be afraid to go for what we want, or to ask for help when we need it, instead of pretending everything is fine.

So not only should you create business messages with proper planning, purpose and intent, but it is really useful to employ the same skills while networking, to achieve your goals and make real connections.


Spring Fever

Wednesday, 3 March, 2010

We have been so lucky to have an unseasonably warm winter and a very early start to the spring. Although from the perspective of  VANOC and the rest of the Olympic organisers, it was one of the headaches experienced during the two week fiesta that was the Winter Olympics 2010, the magnolia and cherry blossoms, daffodils and rhododendrons are coating the city in soft pinks and yellows and it has been beautiful out there.

Personally, I stayed away from the Olympic madness as much as possible and enjoyed the sunshine and the break from teaching. It was nice to have two weeks of catch up. It is also nice to finally have things back to normal, though there was a definite infectious buzz. A lot of things seem to have been postponed during the Olympics, which is no surprise considering the volume of people in the city and the impossibility of negotiating the downtown core without hours of spare time. It seems eerily empty and quiet now; possibly a lot of sore heads and hoarse throats out there!

Here at Meerkat, we have new web copy projects on the go, and I will be speaking at an upcoming The Connected Woman Mix and Mingle Networking Event on April 13th on using effective business writing techniques to “get past the gatekeeper”. The Connected Woman is a fantastic organisation run by the dynamic Cathy Kuzel and is aimed at creating meaningful connections and  focuses on “the reciprocal process of exchanging knowledge, experience and expertise”. For more information, you can take a look at the Connected Woman website.

I have also been working with a lot of clients one on one, helping them with building a solid resume and cover letter. If you’ve put this off because of the Olympics or any other reason, you may want to consider refreshing this vital “sales” document. Contact me if you would like help with creating a targeted resume or cover letter. It never hurts to keep this updated, whether you are thinking of changing jobs or not.

You can also check out my latest article, Tips for Better Business Writing, on the Entrepreneurial Woman website. This online magazine is a great resource for any business person.

On a final, personal note, I have been pursuing The Artist’s Way, and am finding the process enjoyable and rewarding. It is going to be a very busy month or two coming up, so I am going to try and stay dedicated to the process.

I leave you with this great quote from Carl Jung:

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”