• Networking: The Key to the Future of Work

    The key to the future of work is being uniquely human. It’s not rocket science  – it is harder! Instead of fixating on AI and robots making humans in the workplace obsolete, we should be focused on enhancing our uniquely human qualities: collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving and empathy. These “soft skills” are at the core of networking best practice and…

  • #^@!!&+%>’/! Networking Is NOT The Same Thing As Building Networks

    The #^@!!&+%>’/! word “network”. Slap it in the title of your book and well, everyone gets freaked out and wants to talk…networking…as in working the room…as in elevator pitches…as in “go to” ice-breakers and conversations starters…as in… Take. A. Step. Back. From. The. Networking. Abyss. Breathe. The way you’re instructed to in a yoga or meditation class. Acknowledge the networking…

  • Mom Skills Are Business Skills

    One of the stops on the Build Your Dream Network book tour back in 2017 was the Macaroni Kid Meetup. Invited by my friend, Chief Macaroni Mom, Joyce Shulman, I knew going in that I was going to learn more about growing local community (and businesses) in 24 hours than I could in years from a course. And yes, I…

  • Recommended Reading

    I packed a lot of books to read over the holidays – ones I’d been sent, had picked up based on personal recommendations or by authors I know. Most were in the career / work / business category and knowing that January is a prime month for those mulling career changes (I see the uptick in views on my LinkedIn…

  • Grab A Book And Cuddle Up!

    Sunday, January 6 is Cuddle Up Day. No lie. So while you could cuddle up with Netflix or Candy Crush, may I suggest you curl up with a good book instead? There are cognitive, physical and emotional benefits associated with reading: Relieves Stress & Lowers Blood Pressure: Just 6 minutes of reading has been shown to lower heart rate and muscle…

  • How To Be An Overnight Success At Age 53

    Forbes listed me as an “up and comer” at age 48 for the work I was doing for female founders. I get emails from people saying “they’d like my career” – on that I’m sure you can do better. But mostly I’m sharing this as we live in a “move quickly hustle your tushy off” era and frankly, some things…

  • Work That Pitch – But Not On The Elevator!

    I am really not a fan of the elevator pitch. Frankly, I don’t know what I find more distasteful: the prospect of one more impersonal elevator pitch (for funding or a product) landing in my inbox or having the exact same information barked in my face for 90 seconds in lieu of an polite exchange of get-to-know-you pleasantries. For me,…

  • Network Like An Introvert

    One of my networking discoveries when writing Build Your Dream Network? Introverts make the best networkers. Really. In a hyper-connected world, people who are more deliberate, focused, purposeful and considerate build better connections. Those attributes are more closely associated with a self and situation aware person (hmmm, introvert) than the brash, work-the-room-life-of-the-party type. If in doubt – read Build Your…

  • NOT Another New Year’s Resolution

    What the world needs now is NOT another new post on how-to make, execute or keep New Year’s resolutions – ‘cause I have five in the Build Your Dream archive. Old advice is good wisdom. And personally, I’m glad I took a gander at these posts, because I’m resurrecting three resolutions from 2015 again for 2019: Embrace optimism. Stop overlooking…

  • Happy Build Your Dream New Year

    Direct from my LinkedIn inbox: “Kelly, thank you for the time, energy and insight that went into “Build Your Dream Network.” And thank you for recording an audio version. Prompted by a recent LinkedIn post, I just listened to the book. I plan to share the book (and steal your practical advice) with everyone I work with.” #BYDN kicking things…

  • Featured On The Native Influence

    Nothing like being asked what I eat for breakfast and where is a favorite lunch spot (spoiler alert, I don’t have one) and questions such as: My Goal of the Day: To help others succeed.  My Thought of the Day: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” – C.S. Lewis  My Action…