The Office of Economic Development’s Daily Digest is a daily resource for business people. Here are three of our most clicked through stories for the week of September 9-13:
HOW TO OVERCOME YOUR FEAR OF NETWORKING
In-person networking is probably one of the most angst-provoking events, right up there with public speaking. Lots of people are uncomfortable with small talk and don’t feel confident with themselves, while others are too confident, yet leave feeling insulted due to the negative response they receive. Here are some networking dos-and-don’ts to help you make a good impression. Make sure to have a plan, having a plan will make you more focused and productive at networking events. Don’t go in simply trying to sell your product or service, instead focus on building relationships and being helpful to others. Slow down with business cards, converse with people and learn about the other person instead of just giving away business cards, this will give a more positive impression.
CAPITOL HILL B&B RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE NATION’S MOST UNIQUE
For some travelers, a quiet hideaway with a cozy bed and luxurious amenities offers the perfect formula for a relaxing escape. Capitol Hill’s Shafer Baillie Mansion Bed & Breakfast may not be a quiet hideaway much longer after being named by U.S. News as one of the Top Ten Unique Bed and Breakfasts in America. Noted for its classic 1920s charm, with lavish decor and period accents, like mahogany woodwork, oak paneling and oriental rugs, the Shafer Baillie Mansion is a 1914 Tudor revival home. The B&B overlooks millionaire row, and boasts a spectacular view of the Olympic mountain range.
7 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR EMPLOYEES HAPPY
A happy employee means a healthier bottom line. Here are a few tips that can keep the crew happy: Build ownership among employees, enable them to feel like they have a genuine stake in their workplace and product. Keep employees informed, letting them in the loop builds trust and validates their importance to their organization. Money matters, but a nice compensation package isn’t always what motivates employees the most. When it comes to motivation, they are most inspired by the challenge of work, the purpose of work, and the opportunity to learn and contribute.
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