There is nothing new under the sun. I was first introduced to this concept through the bible (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Can it be that history actually repeats itself? The scenarios may be different, but the process and many of the experiences, patterns and actions are the same. This is also true of personal and professional relationships. When embraced, this concept can be transformative. It means Continue reading…
Let’s hope the day will come when the accomplishments of women are celebrated each and every day. Women and men are working on the critical issues of gender equality, pay equity, board representation and on leveling the playing field for women’s advancement. This month one community leader, Darryl Settles, is doing his part to celebrate women’s history by hosting a speakers series at his establishment in Boston. I am proud to participate as the featured speaker on April 1st and encourage those who can, to join me for “Developing a Marketing Plan for Your Brand.” Click here to see speakers and topics details: http://www.darrylscornerbarboston.com/pdfs/DCBKwhm14.pdf There are many other events and celebrations. I hope that you will find an event in your region that you can attend and that you will make a commitment to advancing the contributions of women, not just this month, but each and every day. Happy Women’s History Month! Join me on Twitter @jcmayers
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! This is a time for giving, planning for the new year and a time to be inspired. That’s why I am excited to offer you and your network 20% off “A Black Woman’s Guide to Networking.” It’s the perfect stocking stuffer, guide for 2013 planning and an inspirational gift for someone you care about. See what all the buzz is about. Check out the reviews on amazon.com, then visit juliettemayers.com to make your purchase.
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There are many aspects of culture — shared language, traditions, norms and beliefs and customs. Regardless of the culture, successful interactions across cultures are built on respect, trust and the ability to communicate effectively. Use the following tips to build your cross-cultural relationships:
Seek to understand. Don’t make assumptions. Ideally you want to learn about different cultures through a variety of credible sources – your own personal relationships, books, travel, research and ongoing education.
Keep an open mind. Avoid stereotypes. Expand your base by building a broad cross-section of relationships – gender, race, sexual orientation, country of origin and people who think differently from you.
Start with “who you know.” The best place to start is with others who you know inside and outside of your organization, business, and social organizations.
Attend multicultural networking events. Professional organizations, cultural events, conferences, diversity forums, minority business expos and community events are all great places to network. Continue reading…
A continuation of Danny Tinsdale’s interview with Juliette Mayers, author of “A Black Woman’s Guide to Networking, Advance Your Career. Grow Your Business!”
You talk about strategic networking. How does that play out from a practical standpoint? First, let me start by defining what I mean. In my book, I refer to strategic and productive networking. Strategic networking entails development of a plan with clear objectives, versus randomly connecting with people with no clear objective in mind. Part of that plan includes the process of managing your relationships. As it relates to your plan, not all contacts have equal value and therefore, you need to manage your network to yield the highest level of productivity. In the book, I’ve outlined a three-tiered Strategic Networking Model for inner-circle contacts, high-value contacts and moderate-value contacts. In this instance, value tiering is relative to alignment with your goals and objectives, degree of trust and the allocation of your time. In short, you want to spend the most time with the people who have a high degree of alignment with your goals and people you trust.
What makes your book unique? In addition to addressing professional networking, my book acknowledges and addresses the realities of gender, race and class in Continue reading…
How do you define networking? Networking at its core is about relationship building. As a best practice, you want to establish and nurture professional relationships on an on-going basis by being supportive of others and finding ways to add value both within your work environment and in the broader community. Think of it as sowing good seeds into the “networking garden.” You want to establish a strong brand as a “giver,” and as someone who does great work. There will come a time when you will need help with your career or business agenda. You want to have solid relationships in tact that you can draw upon to advance your career and grow your business! The time to build those relationships is long before you need them.
What inspired you to write the book? Almost nine years ago at the age of 57, my mom lost her battle with breast cancer. Continue reading…
Momentum Matters! Whether it’s your exercise goal, career advancement or business expansion; momentum is essential. The key is to have movement that builds strength, expands competencies and accelerates growth. This time of year can be challenging for a lot of people.
Common questions – “Will I __(fill-in-the-blank_)__?”:
- Stay in my current job?
- Take my business to the next level?
- Keep my commitment to volunteer more?
- Stick with my exercise routine?
- Learn that foreign language?
- Expand my network to include people from different cultures?
- Create an action plan for my dream?
An affirmative response to that last question “Will I create an action plan for my dream?” can Continue reading…
You’ve made your resolutions and have set your goals. They are specific, measurable and actionable – for example, “lose ten pounds by March 26, 2012.” It is very important that you stay focused on your top goals and that you have an action plan to ensure movement towards the attainment of your objectives. In the weight-loss example, your action plan may include:
- Registering for a gym membership
- Scheduling a standing time/meeting with yourself to go to the gym
- Showing up at the gym (very important J)
- Uploading upbeat music to your iPod to increase your enjoyment
- Setting up a weekly hair appointment to whip your hair back into shape
Keep Your Goals with You
To stay focused, write down your top five goals on a small brightly colored notecard (cut the card if you must) and keep it in your wallet or a small notebook that you keep with you at all times. Continue reading…
If you missed today’s CityLine interview on WCVB-TV, click here to view
Twelve Key Questions to Work Your 2012 Plan
Now is the perfect time to chart a new course for yourself, so make this the year that you move beyond dreaming to executing your action plan. To help you get started, I am sharing an excerpt from my new book A Black Woman’s Guide to Networking on creating and documenting your plan. If you already have a plan, the twelve questions below are still relevant, as you should use this time to assess your plan. My best to you in 2012! Be sure to register for future updates by clicking the link under my picture on this website.
The holidays are festive for most people — lots of parties, food, friends and gift-giving. It’s the perfect time to stengthen existing relationships, rekindle connections and to send a note of encouragement to those who need it. My wish for each of you is that you have a safe and enjoyable time. As you reflect on 2011 and New Year resolutions, don’t foget to create your strategic networking plan. I’ve enclosed the link to my recent interview by Bella English of The Boston Globe. The story appeared in the December 22nd “G Force” section. Click here to read the Boston Globe story, “Making it a Women’s World.”
My best to you and yours,
Author, A Black Woman’s Guide to Networking