4 Tips to Help You Network with Confidence

Networking is a scary thing for a lot of us, regardless of whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert. In order to network, you have to put yourself out there and into a vulnerable position. But, it’s important to not let your fears of networking take over because networking is both a useful and necessary skill in almost every profession. If networking makes you uncomfortable, you’re not alone. Through your discomfort, you’ll learn a lot and eventually the situations that make you uncomfortable will get better and easier over time. That’s what we tell ourselves anyway!

So, here are some helpful tips and reminders to get you over your fear of networking so that you can conquer your career and make meaningful connections with others.

1.    Bring a friend

If you’re expected to go to a company event, or more specifically a networking event, it’s okay to bring a friend. Your friends are there for you and will help you out of (what you think is) an awkward situation with co-workers or higher-ups. Plus, just knowing your friend is there will help ease your nerves. However, it is important to not talk to just your friend. Together, mingle with others for an hour. Then, be strict with yourself and go spread your wings...solo! Trust us, you got this.

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2.    Start Small

Your first networking event does not have to be anything extravagant or large-scale. You can start learning how to network through emailing and social media. Yup, we said it. You’re on various social media platforms throughout the day, so why not send someone you admire a private message through one of those avenues? But, be sure to get to your point quickly. Tell them explicitly why you’re messaging them and hint as to why it would be worth their time to chat with you.

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3.Preparation is key

If you have an event coming up where you might be expected to mingle with other people in your company, on your team, or in the same field, study up. Do your research so that you are as prepared as possible. Doing this will help you know what you’re talking about and will make you feel more comfortable when the time to start talking arrives. If there is a guest list you can get your hands on, learn some things about those attending. If you find yourself interested in someone who will be there, start thinking of conversation starters ahead of time. Remember: people love to talk about themselves, so asking others about themselves is always a great place to start.

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4. We all get nervous

Networking can often be like going on auditions in that it gets easier over time. However, it is still nerve wracking no matter how experienced you are. Knowing that you’re not the only one who is nervous should help ease your nerves, but also remember not to take yourself too seriously. Allow yourself to feel awkward and remember that it could pay off in the end. Maybe the awkwardness of it all could propel you forward in your professional life, making it all worth it. Get out of our head and make those connections that can land you your dream career! You can do it.

What other networking tips do you have?

Try it - Social Media Cleansing

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As I stand in line waiting to order my five dollar latte, I scroll through my Instagram feed looking at photos of cute dogs making funny faces, a friend in Tulum, and a meme about how “your girl plays too much”.  I’m paying attention, but not really. I close the app, order my latte, and reopen it. *start scrolling*

We have become extremely dependent on social media. For good reason; it’s a natural, easy escape mechanism from awkward social interactions. However, it also limits us from experiencing the world around us and can take a toll on our mental health.

So, my challenge to you is to go on a social media cleanse -  it can be for a few hours or if you’re feeling extra brave, for a full day. The benefits of going off-the-grid can be limitless, but I’ll name the top three and let you decide.

 

1.     BOOSTS SELF ESTEEM.

This one is HUGE. Social media, especially Instagram, can promote feelings of inadequacy. We unintentionally compare ourselves to strangers on social media, leading to anxiety and low self-esteem. Without the constant pressure and reminder of what we could be doing according to IG, we begin to enjoy our own lives and selves.

 

2.     INCREASES IN-PERSON INTERACTIONS.

Much like my coffee run experience, the use of social media restrains us from in-person small talk on the daily. It almost makes in-person communication in public areas taboo. Although, you’d be surprised at how many lovely people surround you that you’ve never noticed. By limiting your social media usage, you’ll feel empowered to speak with the person standing next to you in line, who just might be the hook-up to your next big career move.

 

3.     DECREASES PROCRASTINATION.

This doesn’t require much explanation; we’ve all experienced the social media black hole. When you know you have one million and one errands to run, but you jump on IG or Twitter to update yourself super quick. Then realize it’s been five hours, the sun has set, and your day is gone. That’s the social media black hole. It’s safe to say limiting yourself from social media daily or weekly will allow you to finally get those errands accomplished in record timing

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Healthy Habits: Kickstart Your Monday with This Routine

Heading into the weekend? Here's some tips to start next week off right! The Mondaze happens to the best of us. More often than not, a new week rolls around and so does the unfortunate grogginess. Whether you’re feeling unmotivated, overwhelmed, or just can’t keep your eyes open before that third cup of coffee, here are some game-changing tips to incorporate into your own Monday morning routine.

1) Water… ASAP   Sleep is amazing, but going without liquids for 6+ hours (here’s hoping) isn’t. Grab a cool glass of water, throw in a wedge of lemon if you’re feeling fancy (citric acid clears out toxins and aids digestion). Hydrate your body before anything else – especially the coffee, tea, or matcha. Feeling a little more awake?

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2) Stretch It Real Good  Waking up takes time. Carve out at least two minutes to realign post-slumber with some stretches. Arching your back and reaching for your toes promotes blood circulation, helping you ease back into the morning hustle. Here are some of our favorite stretches.

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3) Affirmations    Set the mood. Starting the week on a positive note will do wonders for your physical and mental health. Repeat a line that affirms your personal qualities or beliefs at least three times. Say it outloud, whisper it to a furry friend, write it in a journal. You got this!

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4) Get the Run-Down    Mornings are you-time, so educate yourself! Take in a news article on a topic of your choice, we love these quick blurbs by The Daily Skimm. Reading improves concentration and brightens up those tired eyes. Plus, it’s not even 8 a.m. and you’ve learned something.

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Mondays. You can beat them!

3 STEPS TO AN ENRICHING 2018

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2017 was a rough year for many, leaving countless emotional tanks on empty. Try implementing these three tips into your daily routine to start filling that tank back up in 2018!

1. START EACH DAY WITH GRATITUDE

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to lose sight of the positive aspects of our lives. For many around the world, conveniences that we take for granted, such as running water and electricity, are luxuries or pipe dreams. Keep things in perspective, and kick-start each day with a jolt of positive energy by taking a moment to think of something that you’re thankful for, be it big or small (even if it isn’t Thanksgiving!).

2. DO (AT LEAST) ONE THING FOR SOMEONE ELSE EACH DAY

Doing kind things for others is incredibly rewarding, both spiritually and emotionally. To maintain that emotional high year-round, try to find a way to help those around you daily. Whether it’s indirect, such as throwing away a piece of trash you found on the floor to make the cleaning person’s life easier, or direct, such as helping someone carry their groceries, a small act can make a huge, positive impact on both the lives of others, and your own.

3. SEEK OUT POSITIVE NEWS

We’re living in the middle of a 24/7 news cycle that’s frequently focused on emphasizing the worst aspects of our world. When our homepages and TV screens are constantly polluted with negative news, it’s easy to find ourselves becoming filled with similarly negative thoughts. To counterbalance this, make a conscious effort to sprinkle positive news into your day as well. Try adding uplifting websites to your reading rotation, and following social media accounts that share fun and positive content.

If you’re really committed, you can even download GoodKarms, the social media app dedicated to helping enrich its users lives through the sharing of gratitude and positive vibes; it can even help you find people who need a helping hand (or vice versa, if you’re the one in need)!

Mindful Ways To Contribute To Your Community

Looking for simple ways to do your part for your community? Check out Green Entrepreneur and Founder of RUMI X, Melissa Chu's tips below and learn how you can mindfully contribute to a greener, cleaner planet every day. 

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1) Stop Junk Mail  Every year 100 million trees are chopped down for junk mail sent to American homes. Contact The Direct Marketing association at The-DMA.org to remove your name from mailing lists of their members. Say yes to paperless e-statements to curtail junk mail. Login to your bank and utilities accounts to select "go paper free" and you’ll save trees, water, and emissions, too.

2Recycling is not just for the home  Recycle paper at at the office by having a communal “recycle paper” bin and reuse blank sides of the papers for jotting down notes or diagramming things out. Buy recycled paper products and support the whole cycle.

3) Serviettes, please! Cut the paper napkin out, literally. Paper napkins are not a necessity even if we think they are. One study says that the average American uses six napkins a day—astoundingly, 2,200 a year! Make like the French, and use a proper fabric table napkin when dining at home, which you can wash and reuse again. It also makes us feel a little bit fancier, and would literally save billions of bleached white squares in our overflowing landfills.

4) Buy local when possible  Shopping for food produced closer to home makes sense. We save on the carbon footprint it would take to get it here while supporting our local economy too, and Farmers Markets are a fun place to chill and meet friends.

5) Swap bulbs to LED lights in your home.  LED’s are the most progressive lighting option when considering energy saving. They use one third of the electricity of a regular incandescent bulb and last 10 times longer. They have become the standard and are pretty much available at any convenience store nowadays. No need to hunt around for these super lights anymore.

6Invest in a reusable bottle  Tote your reusable coffee mug or water bottle with pride and skip buying a new one at every lunchtime stop.

7) Reuse and repurpose  Change your mindset and think twice before throwing anything out. Think, “how can this be repurposed?” Google it, Youtube it, and you can basically find any DIY video out there to give new life into whatever you have on hand. There are some pretty nifty life hacks out there to save money.
 

8) Reusable bags are not just for the market - use them for all shopping!  Sounds obvious, right? Well, in an average year, U.S. households use about 100 billion plastic bags, 99 percent of which are never recycled. The horror!

 

INSTAGRAM 101 - HOW TO CREATE CAPTIVATING CONTENT

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Want to step up your instagram game? Create a flawless feed with the below tips.

Make a plan

Decide what you want your feed to be about. Pick themes you like or a specific signature style to stick to and keep your feed consistent, don't get hung up on trends. Choose quality over quantity and create engaging posts that are athestically pleasing and relevant to your target demographic.

Create Beautiful Content

Use The Grid Feature to help position the camera and create pleasing compositions. Our eyes love symmetry, so try to create a balance between elements in the photo.

Look for natural lines- they give the picture direction and naturally draw your viewers eyes along the photo. Diagonal lines create a sense of movement

Keep your scene simple and pick one focal point where you want the viewers eye to focus. Look for strong colors, lines & shapes, contrast between these helps outline focal points.

 

Utilize Photograph editing apps

Free apps VSCO and snapseed are two popular and user-friendly options that allow you to adjust and edit elements such as contrast, colors, perspective and add filters. Try not to over-edit as this can create distorted and unnatural images.

Rookie, offers advanced functions, including shutter speed and white balance controls, which can keep colors accurate in your photos, or try iphone app, Camera+, which offers a stabilizer to combat shaky hands and keep pictures sharp

 

Practice makes perfect

Take a lot of photos - It’s rare to get a picture just right on the first try, so take multiple snaps of whatever you’re trying to capture, you’ll quickly notice that one or two are already better than the rest. Look for angles, elements you like and keep them in mind for future photography

 

Drive the conversation with creative captions

Encourage engagement with questions and tags. Use popular hashtags  and be sure to geotag photos to help other users discover you

Some feeds we love @mzskin + @dybrkr

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JACKIE'S INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER: WHAT'S IN MY BAG?

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Hey guys, Jackie here!

Today, Friday September 15th, I had the pleasure of taking over the @3dprmarketing Instagram account. As a part of my takeover, I thought I'd give you all a glimpse of the top 10 items in my work bag!

1. Michael Kors Wallet | 2. Urban Decay NAKED2 Palette | 3. Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation (Beige) | 4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pencil (Medium Brown) | 5. Nature Addicts Apple Raspberry Fruit Sticks | 6. MZ Skin Cleanse and Clarify Mask - Dual Action AHA Cleanser and Mask | 7. Covergirl Advanced Radiance Pressed Powder (120 - Natural Beige) | 8. Maybelline New York Lash Sensational | 9. RUMI X - Your Words Shorts | 10. Kiwami Greens Matcha Pack

HOLIDAY LOOKBOOK 2017

It may only be September, but it's never too early to plan for what's next! We got the ball rolling on this year's holiday season on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, by once again hosting our exclusive, annual Holiday Lookbook event! This year's collection featured unique goods and services ranging from functional to fabulous, with amazing gift ideas for women, men, and children! In case you missed it, here's a quick recap with our Holiday Lookbook highlights and top picks for this year's hottest Holiday gift items:

 

LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED

  Influencers @cheatdayeats and @cy_eats took to their Instagram stories to share their exciting Southern Wicked Lemonade tasting experience with their followers

Influencers @cheatdayeats and @cy_eats took to their Instagram stories to share their exciting Southern Wicked Lemonade tasting experience with their followers

What's a party without some booze? To kick off this year's Holiday Lookbook, we had the Southern Wicked Lemonade team on-site to offer their array of organic sipping cocktails, featuring moonshine, vodka, and vodka/gin blends. Sweet to the taste and warm to the palette, Southern Wicked Lemonade is "Potent Enough for a Man, But Made for a Woman”!


HAPPIEST AT THE HOLIDAY LOOKBOOK

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Looking for the perfect gift for a friend or family member that likes to travel? Look no further than Happiest Tee! The insanely soft luxury tees from Happiest Tee allow you to celebrate your favorite destinations in both style and comfort. Where's your happy place? (Ours is at the Holiday Lookbook, but we don't think they have one for that... yet!)


TOO MANY CHRISTMAS COOKIES? GET FIT AND FEEL GOOD WITH RUMI X

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RUMI X brings to its colorful clothes a philosophy of wellness, with the entire range of products being made from sustainable sources, such as recycled plastic bottles and coffee grounds, in an effort to reduce waste and pollution. The RUMI X mission to preserve the environment compelled the level to seek out the most advances eco-technology to create the high-quality performance wear that makes up the collection-- the result is breathable, flattering sportswear and everyday apparel that will keep you feeling good this holiday season, without compromising an eco-conscious mindset!


THAT HOLIDAY GLOW, THOUGH!

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Oxygenetix took full advantage of the beautiful makeup counter space at EZ Studios and showcased their breakthrough line of foundations and moisturizers by color-matching lucky attendees! Their unique, light and breathable formula is sure to keep your skin glowing all Holiday Season long!


CHA-CHAING AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE

  Model and Influencer, @alyshagrace (middle), shows off her bag of goodies while posing in-between the power couple behind Cha-cha Chic, Cathy Garcia (left) and   Jim Tiberia (right)

Model and Influencer, @alyshagrace (middle), shows off her bag of goodies while posing in-between the power couple behind Cha-cha Chic, Cathy Garcia (left) and Jim Tiberia (right)

Keep it fun and festive this Holiday Season with zesty clothing and accessories from Cha-Cha ChicTheir latin-inspired tees will help you forget the winter weather and make you feel like you're on a tropical holiday getaway! 


'UNLEASH’ YOUR HOLIDAY CHEER WITH PELUCHES

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Make sure you don't forget a stocking stuffer for your furry friend! Peluches have an elastic bungee cord that clips right to your dog’s collar so that it never leaves their side. That way they can play with their bouncy BFF, even when they’re all by themselves. (They also make one doggone comfy pillow!) In addition, for every toy purchased, Peluches will spread the holiday cheer by donating one to a homeless shelter dog in need!


That's a WRAP! 🎁 Hope to see you next year!