Art of the Schmooze

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This has become my signature training and helped hundreds of people each year gain the confidence they need to pursue their personal and professional goals - from the importance of shaking hands and making eye contact to tips on the best opening line (hint, it's the name of this blog) and how to exit a conversation gracefully.

An amazing side benefit is that every attendee also walks away with their consciousness raised about what it means to create a welcoming community space.  We'll discuss the difference between being a guest and host, keeping an eye out for outliers and the importance of not "othering" while trying to pay a compliment.

Included in the fee,
the host organization will receive permission to share a PDF version of "8 Steps for Successful Networking" with participants. Participants will also receive a handout that will make it easy for them to share the training tips with their colleagues and friends. 

Art of the Schmooze
Attend this interactive, fast-paced and fun 2-hour workshop to learn the foundation skills related to relationship building. 

Forming and cultivating relationships is at the heart of any successful fundraising campaign, volunteer drive, committee effort or community building activity. This workshop will benefit anyone that wants to sharpen their in person networking skills or share their successful techniques: community members, seasoned fund-raising professionals, board members, senior management, grassroots organizers and anyone that wants to create welcoming community spaces. 

No prior experience required, but it is presumed that participants have something to offer each other and will mutually benefit from a shared learning environment. This workshop will benefit both introverts and extroverts by sharing practical tips on ways to engage someone in a conversation, keep it rolling, exchange information and wrap up, along with many other important techniques to cultivate and grow new networks. 

A common thread is the concept that we have a role personally in helping make a space welcoming to a diverse membership and that there are specific ways body language and spoken language affects our ability to do that. 10 minutes will be set aside so participants can practice by networking with their fellow attendees. Afterward we'll review where participants felt stuck and seek answers from each other.

Optimal minimum number of participants is 12 and max is 60. If 60-120 attendees I request a lapel microphone if available. 


Read related blog entries:
"8 Steps for Successful Networking"

"Making networking less stressful aka the Art of the Schmooze"

"Croissants vs. Bagels"

Read my testimonials and see a list of organizations I've worked with.

To schedule please email with "Training Requested" in the subject line. 

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