Speed Dating with Your Business

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of participating in a speed networking exercise with Firestorm that really knocked my socks off. This week, I am going to go a little more in-depth about my experiences with the event, and some small insights as a beginner. 

When I walked in, the room was entirely packed to the brim and I had trouble navigating where to go. Everyone was extremely welcoming, which I greatly appreciated, but I still felt like a fish out of water. We mingled for about 15 minutes and were then told to take our seats. It then began. Three minutes per conversation, one person, go. In this speedy three-minute tango, each person has 90-seconds to give you their best pitch on their business. After that 90-second mark, a whistle is blown, and the floor is given to the other person. 

After the first couple of people that I may have frozen on, I was suddenly in my element. This methodology of conversation, crazy as it may sound, was almost natural. It cut out the white noise and made you focus on why each of you were there. 

I highly recommend speed networking. I met a lot of great people with great leads, great ideas for partnerships, and overall good contacts. If you’re afraid (like I was), go with the flow of the event. One effective tool that I saw others utilizing was really using other people’s name tags to break the ice. “Hi Bob, I’m Heather, how are you doing today?” Jump in there! 

A Non-Computer Girl in a Computer World

I joined Denver DataMan just over a month ago from a completely different position as a phlebotomist. There is quite a difference between drawing blood from another human being and computers. One thing remains the same: everyone’s needs are different.

Studying BoxLike any new job, there has been a break-in period and lots of learning, but the most important lesson (so far) I have learned is perspective. I have put in some serious study time with TLA’s (three letter acronyms) and learning different platforms. All of this solidifies my resolve to be your advocate.

This “fish-out-of-water” feeling has given me great insight into what our customers feel when they have a tech issue with their CRM and have difficulty articulating it to our technical staff. It has shown me what it may be like to need a new database and not quite know what you need.

My mission has become that much clearer in this past month for Denver DataMan. I encourage our current clients and those who are checking us out to come on this learning journey with me. You can check out my journey almost every week on this blog with new information that I learn and how you can apply it to your business.

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