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Mashable: How to Master Networking

It's all about who you know.

This week, I visited Mashable HQ to talk networking best practices on a Facebook Live session with #BizChats founder Tracey Edouard.

We kicked off the chat by selecting two emojis that best represent networking tips. I chose the ear emoji, because listening is crucial in building professional relationships, and the clapperboard emoji, because when you act confident, you start to feel confident. (Thanks, Rebecca Minkoff.)

Here are my top five networking tips. I hope they help you as much as they've helped me!

1. Do your homework. If you're going to an event, check out the guest list. Do some homework on the people attending, and if you decide you want to speak with them, find a few areas of common interest. 
2. Ditch the pitch. Be authentic. Networking has a stigma of being transactional, when it should really be about helping people.
3. Smile through your sentences. Research shows people evaluate everyone they meet in terms of warmth and competence. First impressions are everything.
4. Think quality over quantity. Everyone has connectors in their life, but most people only have a few super-connectors. Foster those relationships, rather than spreading yourself too thin.
5. Follow through. The President of the New York Stock Exchange Tom Farley says, "When I think about my own career, I owe every job I’ve ever had to networking. If I had not spent five years after [our] first Atlanta meeting staying in touch with Jeff Sprecher, chairman of the NYSE, through emails and phone calls, there is no way he would have considered me for president." 

Check out the full Mashable Facebook Live for more tips and for my number one key to successful networking. 

How to be a Powerful Female Entrepreneur

Women do everything men do - in heels.

To celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth, I invited some of my favorite leading ladies to participate in a Twitter chat I curated for Mashable Business about how to be a powerful female entrepreneur. #BizChats guests included Rebecca MinkoffBethenny Frankel, Ann Shoket, Mara Hoffman, Rachel GrantJenny FleissRosie PopeRachel Sumekh, Brittani HunterJillian Darlington, and yours truly

Check out some of the questions asked along with some of my favorite responses. 

Q1: What characteristics encompass a successful female entrepreneur?

Q2: What are the most important business skills female entrepreneurs need to develop?

Q3: Work/life balance comes with understanding the yes’s + no’s – establishing boundaries – and being fully present in each place.

Q4: Work/life balance comes with understanding the yes’s + no’s – establishing boundaries – and being fully present in each place.

Q5: Which female entrepreneur(s) do you look up to and why?

Q6: What apps, tools, resources can female entrepreneurs use to consult and network with one another?

Q7: What apps, tools, resources can female entrepreneurs use to consult and network with one another?

Q8: What final tips do you have for women looking to start their own business? 

Visit Mashable for a full recap of the #BizChats.