THRIVEable Friday: Networking and Unplugging

Happy Friday from Team Belle! Thanksgiving is right around the corner – who’s getting anxious for a long weekend? Earlier this week we talked about ways to stay motivated at work during the holiday season. As we wrap up the last full week before Thanksgiving, we’re talking about networking and how to unplug when you need to the most! Entrepreneurship…LIKE A BOSS. For some, networking is easy. For those that are more introverted or shy, networking can be painfully challenging. Nevertheless, it’s important for every field, especially PR. Most of us can probably attribute several opportunities to networking or from

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Happy Friday from Team Belle! Thanksgiving is right around the corner – who’s getting anxious for a long weekend? Earlier this week we talked about ways to stay motivated at work during the holiday season. As we wrap up the last full week before Thanksgiving, we’re talking about networking and how to unplug when you need to the most!

Entrepreneurship…LIKE A BOSS.

For some, networking is easy. For those that are more introverted or shy, networking can be painfully challenging. Nevertheless, it’s important for every field, especially PR. Most of us can probably attribute several opportunities to networking or from knowing someone who knows someone, and so on. I’ve found this networking advice to be super helpful:

Practice
The more you network and branch out, the easier it will be! Practice getting yourself out there and striking up conversations with other people in your field. It will become easier and more natural the more often you do it.

Quality Over Quantity
If you’re attending a networking event, remember that it’s more important to have good, quality conversations than to try to talk to 20 or 30 people. Spend time really getting to know a couple people and build a connection that will last.

Ask Questions & Listen
Asking lots of questions helps other people relax and talk more openly. It’s also a great way to learn more about people and build a relationship. But it’s important to listen and pay attention to what they’re saying, and even better to remember it for future encounters!

Tips and Tools to Empower Your Life

Unplugging: it’s easier said than done. In today’s world, staying connected is nearly effortless, and it’s hard to make yourself turn everything off or to not get distracted. Fortunately, there are many ways we can try to get better at unplugging – especially when we really need to, like when on a tight deadline (or when it’s a holiday and we shouldn’t be working)! Here are some ways you can getting better at turning off:

Meditation Retreats: Many people have found meditation or yoga retreats to be great ways to unplug, turn everything off and reconnect with what’s really important. Organizations like Digital Detox offer retreats and meditation/yoga classes to help you “disconnect to reconnect”.

Podcasts: If meditation or unplugging seems challenging for you, tune in to one of Tara Brach’s podcasts. Her free podcasts will take you step by step through a 30 minute meditation process where she talks about happiness, overcoming fears and more.

Apps: There are now apps that silence all other apps. Seriously! The app Moment helps you track how much time you’re spending on your iPhone by setting limits and telling you when you’re going over. Cold Turkey is an application that allows you to block certain websites, lock your settings, set timers and more. These apps will help you focus when you need to the most!

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Have a great weekend!

Mary + the Belle team

Mary Stankiewicz

Mary helps our clients grow their brands with smart and strategic content across social media platforms and targeted media coverage.