2/01/2016

Monday Minute: 3 Easy Steps to Networking


Happy Monday! Happy New Month! Finally January is over, that was a crazy month; even the weather is different. A few weeks ago I wrote a post about taking risks, I highlighted how I suck at Networking. This week must have been a test from the most high because I was forced to get out there and talk to new people and create connections. Here are a few things that I learnt;



  • Interact and listen: Don't just start talking about yourself, listen to what the other person does and gauge if you're fit to work together.

  • Get a friend to introduce you if you're people shy. I realised that friends always get extra with information about you.

  • Smile and have fun. Some of the best partnerships are made over chill conversations as opposed to "work mode, so frigging serious, gotta make this cash now attitude"

What was I upto the last week?




Tuesday 26th/Jan/2016: I attended the African Luxury Forum at Kempinski. This is a luxury business conference focusing on emerging luxury markets in different African cultures. One thing I learnt from this is that we need to change our narrative as Kenyans and as Africans, tell our own story as opposed to the story told about us. 3 fun facts I also learnt is that:



  • Nigerians are the 2nd biggest consumers of champagne in the world after France.

  • There are 8000 millionaires in Kenya

  • The richest man that ever lived was from Mali; Mansa Musa 1, the ruler of the Malian Empire. Musa amassed a jaw-dropping $400 billion during his reign from 1312 to 1337. (inflation adjusted)


Thursday 28th/Jan/2016: I was invited for a private dinner at Tribe Hotel organized by Diana Opoti for Uché Okonkwo-Pézard who is the CEO of Luxe Corp and is also the founder of the African Luxury Forum. Kelechi Amadi Obi the publisher of Mania Magazine was there, Wandia Gichuru  the MD of Vivo, Mark Stephenson the founder of  Sandstorm KenyaMaureen Murunga of Amadiva Salon, Aprelle Duany who is a luxury handbag designer and lastly Beverly Amira the MD of Gong Communications.  I had an amazing time with this crowd.



Friday 29th/Jan/2016: I have a Valentine's Makeover/ Date Giveaway on Instagram. You get to win an amazing head to toe makeover and a date with a hot stranger. This is for my single girls out there. Check it out tag some friends and join in the fun.

I also uploaded my first YouTube video of the year. It's about my favourite lipsticks, this is not your usual video and I tried to get creative with it. Watch it and comment.


I attended an Art Installation for Chichia London for the Ichyulu launch at the Circle Art Gallery. Christine Mhando, the designer of Chichia London was there as well as Arieta Mujay who is the head of PR at boohoo. Diana Opoti PR facilitated the whole event that was 3 days long. I'll do a deeper post later on this week.

Extra: I realised that I rarely snapchat/instagram at events, I'm either usually enthralled with what's happening or my battery is low. The struggle is real.

If you have any networking tips leave a comment below.
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  1. La Bonita Events2/01/2016

    Hi Nancie nice article.
    This is in line with what we do at La Bonita Events i.e organizing and facilitating speed networking events.
    Some tips i'd like to add are on Business Cards Etiquette.
    1. Keep your business card to yourself until someone asks for it.
    2.Only ask for cards or contact information for people you intend to follow up with.
    3.Make the most of your networking by regularly connecting with your contacts.

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  2. The best networking advice i ever received was from branding blogger MayaElious. "The best way to introduce yourself is by the value you bring to your clients." It Works perfectly! E.g a fitness coach would go, " Hi, I'm Jane Doe. I help young men and women develop healthier lifestyles so they can have more energy." As a beauty blogger it made pitching to brands and individuals so much easier. I confidently say, 'Hi, I'm Clare and through my beauty blog I empower African women on the science behind beauty so they can achieve healthy, radiant skin!'

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  3. Selfine Onyango2/01/2016

    Totally agree with you Clare Oparo

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  4. This is such a good tip Clare. Thanks. Maya Elious is a genius.

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  5. Yes, sometimes people tend to hand out their business cards even without connecting with the person. Tip number 2 is key.

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  6. Patricia Kihoro2/02/2016

    Hey Hey Hey! It was so nice chatting with you at the Ichyulu launch Nancie! So good to see you and thank you so much for all your info on health and fitness. I really appreciated it and got me thinking about how committed I really am to this lifestyle change that I keep harping on about but doing nothing to bring it to life. Happy New Month and I hope to see you again soon!

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  7. Yo! It was nice catching up as well and thanks for the feedback...I'll do more health and fitness posts. Hope to see you soon.x

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  8. Hi Nancie. I love those networking tips.

    My best networking advice is: After an event, follow up/ send a quick email to the few people/connects that you met. Following up makes you memorable and it is 80% of the work. What use is a business card if you wont ever use it?

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  9. Valentine Limo2/17/2016

    I cant wait to host you over at Reform Cycling and Strength Studio.......fitness is sexy!
    Tag along your girls.....

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  10. Thanx for that advice will definitely apply it..am new to your blog n m really loving it..be blessed.

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