When I first moved to Switzerland, it was like starting kindergarten all over again and instead of burgers and Mac-N-Cheese, the cafeteria serves sausage and Schnitzel. I didn’t know anyone (except my husband) and learning German isn’t exactly a walk in the park. Meeting new people starts out, ‘Mein Name ist Dale. Ich komme aus Kalifornien, uhhh… Sprechen Sie Englisch? Ya!…Ok, whew! Can we please switch to that?’ Most people I meet speak 3+ languages; super hard ones too. Thankfully, the networking part came a little easier after years of practice in San Francisco and blogging which is the fastest way to find others that love the same interests as you.
Today, I want to share my top 5 tips for networking, with the assistance of my friend and first intern, Lily, who emailed me last Spring interested in a fashion internship. After meeting over coffee at the Nordstrom Cafe, she was a perfect fit. Not only did she do an amazing job handling marketing, social media and Bay Area events for Savvy Spice; she’s pursuing her dreams in fashion and was just accepted to Cal Poly Pomona. We snapped a few pics together last month in San Francisco meeting before she heads to So-Cal this summer. Here are my Top 5 Tips for Networking at any age and learning how to connect with others not only for meaningful professional relationships, but true friendships… [Read more…]