Conquering the Fear of Networking

Thank You, Boston

Thanks to the 140 people who attended my reception and book launch for The Guide to Strategic Networking. I’ve included a brief video with a few highlights of the event below.  To inquire about speaking engagements and bulk sales, email

Ten Tips for Conference Networking

Conferences are a great way to share information, check the pulse of your industry and advance your personal development.  December is the perfect time to set goals and to establish development plans.  For many people those include attending conferences such as the MA Conference for Women which will host 10,000 women on December 10th.  I’ve … Read more

Seven Tips for Building Cross-Cultural Relationships

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.

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Part II of Harlem World’s Q & A with Juliette C. Mayers

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 networkingHow 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

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