Use Black Friday to Network to Your Next Big Gig

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving – when U.S. retailers open at 4 a.m. to capture loads of sales and get into the black.

Have you been there? Waiting in line until doors open for that special something someone wants? I have – and it’s a great time to network. Yes really. Here are some tips to get the most from networking – while grabbing the last do-dad for your holiday gift-giving.

1. Look good. I know, who wants to get up earlier just to put on makeup? But, it pays off. You know darn well you’ll see someone you know – and haven’t seen in years – if you look like you rolled out of bed and are wearing pajamas and a coat.

2. Get a quick sound bite ready to roll off your tongue. Keep it at 60 to 90 seconds TOPS. How do you create this sound bite? Go here: Use Personal Branding to Network Without Begging.

3. Be friendly. ‘Tis the season you know. Lines are a great time to start up a conversation. You’re stuck there ready to ring out, so why not talk to the others waiting as well? Makes the wait time more fun – and then it seems a bit shorter.

Ready to shop? Grab the caffeine and go!

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