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Networking Tips For 2018

Let's make networking a resolution for the new year! 6 Degrees provides the perfect setting for you to engage and network with your peers. We want you to make sure that you have exactly what it takes to be a successful networker and use our services to grow yourself in your career.

  1. Be a Good Listener: more valuable relationships are created when we take the time to listen
  2. Develop and Maintain a Positive Attitude: It will get you better referrals!
  3. Collaborate to Serve Others: be a team player who cares for others
  4. Be Approachable: Keep a smile on your face!
  5. Three Golden Questions: How can I help you? What ideas can we exchange? Who can I connect you with?
  6. Share your passion
  7. Remember to follow up!

*Networking tips (Enterepreneur.comtheweek.com)

Farewell!

To my wonderful 6˚ Community,

It is with bittersweet sentiment that I announce my departure from 6 Degrees. I have spent the last 6 years pouring my heart and soul in to this company and the time has come to move on.

Awesomely enough, I found 6˚ at a networking event. I was a college senior hungry for new experiences and terrified of the job search. I stumbled upon a conversation with 6˚ Founder, Matt Greene, and remember as he left he looked me in the eyes and said, "I hope to hear from you". Mostly out of fear, I sent him an email later that night. That email snowballed in to a meeting, which turned in to an internship and ended up as a job. I didn't actually want an internship, I didn't have time for one, but 6 years later, I'm thankful I made the leap.
People often ask me how I've spent 6 years in one place. To be honest, this company has grown and changed as much as I have. I have worked under many titles, reported to different leaders and taken on many new projects. I was a part of the purchase of this company by Sharon Jenks in 2015 and have had the pleasure to work alongside her. I have learned many business skills, and a whole lot of personal ones, and you know what? When your event space catches on fire, you can always count on the dedicated networkers to party on the sidewalk. 
I have had many official titles here at 6 Degrees: Intern, Chief Know-It-All, Community Director, Director of Operations, Vice President of Operations, but my favorites are the unofficial ones, given to me by you: Chief Badass, Grand Poobah, The Catch-All, The Girl That Takes My Money and my all time favorite: Chief. Our 6 Degrees Community has been my driving force since day one. You are the reason this company exists, you help us strive to be better, and you are my absolute favorite part of this job. 

Some of you know that I moonlight as a dance teacher and performer; I dream of someday purchasing a small studio and growing it in to a successful business. I have accepted a part time position as an administrator at a brand new studio in Solana Beach where I hope to learn the skills needed to run a business in the dance industry. It is because of this community, and my love of networking, that I found this position and step in to this job with excitement. I am ready to learn new things, meet new people and continue to grow. 
I invite you to connect with me on Linked In and contact me via my personal email address: [email protected]. I have done the "get connected" and hope to continue to "stay connected" with all of you!

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Meet the Elite- Jamar Williams

Meet the Elite
Jamar Williams
 
Founder/CEO
Dream Shore Studios

Education: Bachelor of Science Business Management, William Patterson University of New Jersey, Class of '01

Professional Goals: One of my primary goals is to build strong partnerships within San Diego business community and to create wonderful opportunities for my network partners and friends.


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Sharon Answers Your Burning Questions, May 29th

Your Burning Question:

Dear Sharon,
She just invited me to an event that I do NOT want to attend but I already told her I was free how do I get out of it? I'm stuck!
Sincerely,
Don't want to be free


Sharon's Expert Advice:

Dear Don't want to be free,
This is a real trap. I have learned over the years that when someone asks me "are you doing anything on..."? My answer is always,  "why do you ask"? Generally, less information given when you decline an invitation is better, but it seems she did a little trick on you to eliminate the possibility of you falsely stating you had something else going.  However, a polite refusal is still possible. Normally I try to avoid white lies such as this, but I think this is acceptable to save feelings.  If you fully stepped into the trap, it could be a little more awkward. I'm assuming that your conversation went like this:
She: "Do you have plans on Monday evening of next week?"
You: "Nope."
She: "Why don't you come to my event?"
You: "Thanks for the gracious invitation, but I typically reserve Monday evenings to spend with my family.
If she presses the issue, you shorten the response to, "That's awfully kind of you, but I'm unable to make it."  Repeat as many times as necessary to get her to stop. And remember never to fall in that trap again :).


Your Burning Question:

Dear Sharon,
Did he seriously just ask me for my services for free?
Sincerely,
Feeling Annoyed


Sharon's Expert Advice:

Dear Feeling Annoyed:
This happens more than you know. You're having a great conversation, the person you are speaking with clearly feels that you have expertise and so they say something like this: “I’d love to take you to lunch and pick your brain sometime.”  This is when you hear a little voice in your head say this: “Ugh, I bet they’ll never hire me, they just want a bunch of help for free". There is a way to handle these situations with grace and without frustration. It is your responsibility to set boundaries. Say something like this: "I’m glad to hear you’re interested in getting deeper into this. The next step is my one-hour consultation. Would you like me to tell you how that works"?  Some people will backpedal and say they’re tight on money right now. No problem, your time is valuable so leave them with this: "I completely understand, you have my card, (or here is my card,) so just get in touch with me when you’re ready. You can also take a look at the articles on my blog if you’d like some more general advice that can tide you over until you’re ready to start on this project".
Stand firm with full respect for your business and you’ll find that this person will share that respect.


Your Burning Question:

Dear Sharon,
How do I make an introduction to someone who is already in a conversation? Do I wait awkwardly until they finish their conversation or jump right in? I don't want to be rude, but standing off to the side silently feels a lot like the awkward kid in high school. How do I gracefully interrupt?
Sincerely
Impatiently Awkward


Sharon's Expert Advice:

Dear Impatiently Awkward,
This can be tricky and I have seen it done poorly and graciously. Don’t Just Stand There: Children are taught to wait patiently beside mom or dad until the grownups have finished talking. That was perfect when you were a child, but only until you’re an older teen. After that, hovering makes you appear childish. An adult standing nearby waiting their turn makes everyone feel pressured to end the conversation. It’s better to interrupt briefly, “Excuse me for just a moment. David, when you’re finished, I would like to introduce you to someone. Please come find me". They may say, okay sounds good or they may say, "We were just finishing" and end the conversation. Never just jump in as if you were invited. Ask to be excused and if they say, sounds good then smile walk away and let them find you. If they don't then let it go. At this point the ball is in David's court.

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Happy Workiversary!

This month, LinkedIn announced to the world that I have officially been employed by 6 Degrees for 4 years. Somewhere between announcing it to all of my connections and accepting praise from my generous friends, it forgot to remind ME about this anniversary…I guess that's what happens when you don't have a clear hire date and haven’t quite figured out how to use LinkedIn. 

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