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Back to School with Rebecca Minkoff

"In every life phase, you'll be confronted with something that scares you. And you have to go into it being as fearless as you can."

This week, I had the opportunity to interview designer and business icon Rebecca Minkoff in front of an audience of fifty New York University, Parson School of Design, and FIT students. After a great Q&A in June - where Rebecca shared advice with a group of entrepreneurs - she decided she also wanted to share her experience and business advice with the future generation. 

We talked shop (literally) about everything from being confident and landing a job to starting your own business. Head to Forbes for my top five takeaways from my chat with Minkoff, and check out the live Q&A on Facebook

Thanks to everyone who attended, and to NY Magazine and NY Post for covering the event!

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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. 

Rebecca Minkoff Talks Shop

Photo: Grant Friedman

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing designer Rebecca Minkoff at her Soho boutique in front of an intimate group of bloggers, editors and fellow entrepreneurs.

Check out the video of Rebecca and I talking shop (pun intended) to watch her discuss everything from how she started her business to the instrumental role that social media has played in building her brand. As a small business owner - who turned my 2008 layoff into a business opportunity (more in Marie Claire) - I took away tons of helpful advice - from tips about funding to exuding confidence to managing a team. 

Read my story in Forbes for more, and check out this LinkedIn story about how Rebecca Minkoff uniquely reimagines the customer experience.