Someone was listening!

Rod Card - Prolango

Relationships matter!

Last night I had the opportunity to speak to a large group of people attending the ProLango Career Mixer in Seattle.  It was a great networking style event with people from a variety of careers engaged in conversations on topics that were as varied as the people in the room. One thing that most everyone had in common was an understanding that relationships matter and that it is important to build your personal and professional networks before you need them. The power of our network is directly related to the energy we put into it.  Last night there was a lot of energy being shared.

Someone was listening!
As I closed my remarks I shared my thoughts about the power of a handwritten card. I believe that this simple and "old school" tool, used appropriately, can help differentiate the writer from the pack of similarly skilled individuals. It's memorable.

My five tips for the hand written card are simple:
  1. Be timely,.
  2. Be specific.
  3. Be neat.
  4. Be certain.
  5. Be selfless.
Jill-ProlangoAnd The All Important Bonus Tip - Send Two!

Yes! After you've written one card, repeat the process and send two. Always make an effort to acknowledge your appreciation for the person who helped you get access to the person you had your meeting with. We all know that's where the real power lies. Be sure to charge your network with it.

The pictures are of cards that arrived today.  They were taken by my assistant and sent to me while I was away from the office. Thank you Paul. For inviting me to speak. For listening to my message. And for acknowledging the help of my assistant.

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Rod Brooks (that's me) is VP & CMO of PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company and serves as Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA).  It's important to disclose both of those relationships and to be clear that this is my personal blog where I share thoughts and opinions that are solely my own.  Contact me!

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