Baby Steps, Networking Legends Community Event 6-12-14

These “Baby Steps”….little, personal takeaways shared by attendees, moderators, coordinators, and even our photographer after our June 12th “Networking Legends” community event, demonstrate once again how participants’ begin to incorporate workplace self-improvement before they’ve even left the building. Be a part of our next event, and our community overall, and you might find yourself just as inspired as this group of 70! 

Network Legends Baby Steps

  • Be a river, not a reservoir
  • Listening IS Networking
  • Dunbar’s Number: 150
  • Pin your nametag on your right-hand lapel
  • Manage your network
  • Remember the referrer
  • Contractually.com
  • Network with who you like
  • Be interesting!
  • Give more
  • Don’t be afraid
  • Be a river, not a reservoir
  • I need an elevator pitch
  • Scan business cards
  • Follow up and thank
  • Dunbar’s Number confirms my thoughts!
  • Ditto
  • Read headliners
  • Carve out time to answer and send email
  • Make a list. Create categories
  • The most questions are powerful networking tool!
  • Follow up with 3 people from tonight
  • Set aside some time each week to follow up with contacts

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  • Don’t be afraid to be clear and say what I need
  • Place your nametag on the right side
  • Develop your network early in your career
  • Don’t immediately talk about work
  • Make personal connections
  • To wear my nametag on the right
  • I am an introvert and I was one of the last people to leave!
  • Keep better track of new connections
  • Approach a group of 3 in conversation and triangulate!
  • Goal: I will meet 4 fabulous people at each networking event
  • Give, give, give….ask!
  • Give, give, give….ask, listen
  • Follow up with those who referred you
  • Be a River!

— various participant's baby steps , WAC community event: Networking Legends

profile pic (1)Deborah Goldstein’s events are not your average networking event! They are intimate affairs with a delicate balance between meeting decision makers, learning valuable business tools and insights and relishing in the pleasure of good company and delicious wine! Frankly, you’ll feel guilty that networking can be this pleasurable.


— Deborah Asseraf, Founder, Popcorn Productions

Baby Step Committed to after WAC’s Feedback Event

Bethany headshotI’ve committed to engage in some self reflection of my own before giving feedback. That way, I’m working to improve myself while trying to help others do the same. It also ensures that I’ve assessed the ways in which I’ve approached a situation that may have contributed to the unwanted result from the other person. I hope others have taken some positive baby steps as well.

— Bethany Simmons, Associate, Alston & Bird


Kelly Welles 2013The Women’s Advancement Compact is one of the most dynamic and resourceful forum’s today for professional women seeking to navigate the shoals of family, health and corporate environments. Even the most successful women can benefit from the thought-provoking community events, progressive workshops and insight tools provided by WAC offerings.


— Kelly Welles, Welles Financial Services

IMG_5854When receiving feedback

  1. don’t get emotional – listen, ask questions/examples
  2. don’t rush to respond – absorb information, analyze data and follow-up with actions

— Hoey Go, Financial Industry, Executive Director

These “Baby Steps”….little, personal takeaways shared by attendees, moderators, coordinators, and even our photographer after our April 29th “The Art of Feedback” community event, demonstrate how participants’ wheels begin to turn about workplace self-improvement before they’ve even left the building. Be a part of our next event, and our community overall, and you might find yourself just as inspired as this group of 70!

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We Simply Asked……What is Your Baby Step?

Ask questions and say “thank you”!

Say it timely! (Contributed Twice)

Be more timely. It will be a huge help in the long run.

Start positive.

Give more positive feedback.

Be more receptive.

Now I have the tools to address an issue at work confidently. AIR!

What can I do to make it better?

Don’t be the person who cuts others off or speaks over people. You might be missing out on good feedback. (Agreed to by someone else)

Request timely feedback in addition to giving timely feedback.


Remain calm.

Be calm while receiving and giving feedback.

Practice my delivery and intent.Baby Steps Feedback Event Page 1

Don’t get emotional.

Take emotion out.

Don’t let emotion be a roadblock to receiving feedback.

Don’t let my emotions take over. Listen and use the information for my benefit, to make me more successful.

You can apply the strategies at work and in your personal life. (Signed, -Ays)

Make sure that others know you are listening.

Listen non-defensively.

Listen to learn.

Listen: 2 ears, 1 mouth.

Be a better listener.

You can’t learn while you’re speaking.

Be open, listen actively, and take action to improve.

Listen with compassion and then reflect on what I heard.

Listen to feedback as helpful rather than as criticism, no matter how it is delivered. “Just the facts”.

Don’t assume someone else’s intention.

Don’t come on so strong in giving advice.

Feedback is only effective when understood.


Probe more, build trust.

Upward feedback!

Share the impact of the behavior.

I’m going to start asking for feedback. (Signed, -Josh….our photographer!)

— Various Attendees, Contributing to WAC's History.,

AnneAkers_headshotWhen it comes to the “art of food and wine”, no one paints a better canvas than Deborah Goldstein.
Whether it is a corporate bonding event, a gathering of fellow businesswomen, or just a group of kindred spirits, Deb Goldstein produces workshops that educate, entertain, and satisfy body, mind and spirit in a most captivating manner.
However, don’t take my word for it:  sign up for her next wine and food event and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

— Anne Akers, Founder/Editor in Chief GLOW Beauty, Health & Wellness Magazine

photo: peek-images.com

I love to attend an event where I get a lot of value, and Deborah brought so much to the Wine List Navigation workshop: knowledge of wine, food and subtleties, details of how they can be shared and enjoyed and served. She touched on different experiences as they relate to choosing, ordering and how to communicate about wine. Deborah’s strength for this, I know, comes from several years of owning and operating a high end restaurant business. She is someone who inspires and teaches simply by sharing her own rich learning experiences. She is a truly seasoned professional in the areas of food, beverage and business etiquette , as well as business and personal development.


B.Shull“I came to the event to learn more about how to give feedback but wound up learning the most about how to receive feedback. It wasn’t something I had spent as much time thinking about but realized that I had been skipping the first step of the AIR model. That first step of describing the action is so important whether you’re giving or receiving feedback.”

— Brigitte Shull , Head of Humanities Publishing and Senior Editor Palgrave Macmillan

CassandraBefore attending the WAC’s “Wine List Navigation: Earn your Wings” Event I had never ordered wine from a wine list at a restaurant. I always let others order for me because of the intimation factor that wine lists have. The wine event was full of information. We did not just learn about what types of foods match certain wines but we also learned how to dissect those hard to read wine lists. We learned about the different kinds of grapes wines contain as well as how to read wine labels. We even received a little cheat sheet booklet as a reference! Not only do I feel competent enough to order wine for a future dinner party, it was a night filled with amazing people, great food, and gorgeous wines.

— Cassandra Palummo, WAC community member