Can you believe that my first time networking was two weeks ago? I know what you are thinking; networking it is such a huge part in building a business. How could that not be what you do all the time? In any industry being relatable is a key, to being successful. I hadn’t gone to any networking events because I was just so unsure of what to do. Attending networking events is totally different than being a part of social media communities such as Twitter or Facebook because people join your conversation when they want to impart or encourage. But, in networking parties you actually walk over, introduce yourself and go from there, which adds a little pressure when wanting to meet new people. I am great in one on one conversation and making things fun for clients during out shopping experience but this was different.
Anyway, I loved it and I get it now, no big deal it’s just that first step out that’s a little bit like… what do I do. The networking event was put on by Girl Power Hour which is assembled by a woman named Darnell. As you know I am a designer/ owner and lead wardrobe stylist behind www.camiannalynn.com so the first thing that hit my mind was clothes, then make up, followed by hair or maybe it was clothes, hair, make-upJ .
Your appearance is key to how you interact with others. If you do not feel like you look great; you will probably shy away from conversation and be self conscious at least I am anyway. I need to be confident in the fact that I look great so I can forget myself and focus on others if that makes sense.
I want to give you some insight to picking the right clothes and looking/ feeling amazing at that next networking event so you can represent yourself and your company in the way that will propel you forward.
After the event I realized I did three things subconsciously:
- I analyzed the location- What you wear is so much about where you are going. So I went to the website to see the venue which was the Gene Juarez salon downtown (so nice by the way). Based on that location I gathered that something chic and black is always more than appropriate. I began to visualize the Gene Juarez crew and what they wear, but I did not want to blend in with the staff so something extra was needed.
- I thought about the weather- we live in Seattle and it’s not always nice outside, actually honestly it is very rarely nice out. More importantly than that it happened to be very windy that day with light rain. So wearing something without sleeves even though I was going to be indoors was not an option for me. I know that I personally get cold.
- I figured out what people had worn in the past- Girl Power Hour is known for well dressed amazing women, so I pretty much assumed a dressed up casual dress or skirt or dressed down cocktail dress would work well.
Before your next networking events try these tips, you will be so glad you did.
I guess I should finish with what I wore; I ended up choosing a knee length black stretch dress with red and grey accents, I wore black tights and grey shoes on bottom.