Christmas Networking Sins

It is Christmas time during which many of us spend this time with close family. However, there are lots of people enjoying Christmas time at big parties with lots of people. As far as I remember my family organised parties for a group of closed family and friends which was always relatively big ( 20+ ). There were always new faces and interesting characters to chat with.Manners and networking etiquette differ between continents, countries and cultures, however they must exist to facilitate smooth communication and respectful coexistence in a particular social group.

I thought I would take this opportunity to go over some major Christmas networking etiquette sins:

1. Treat other people as you would like to be treated – applies to every networking etiquette situation.

2. Don’t drink too much – it is surely difficult for some people, but there is always a price to pay for drinking excessively. By falling asleep under a table or dancing drunken style waltz not only could could hurt you, but will also embarrass yourself.

3. Don’t gossip and don’t talk about others behind their back – it’s impolite and you will not have a chance to build a relationship as people will not trust you.

4. Don’t use your smartphone excessively. Leave texting, emailing, updating your Facebook status for later. You are supposed to build relationships with people!

5. Avoid topics like politics or religion.It’s one of the quickest ways to alienate new contacts.

6. Stop moaning and complaining about everything! It’s so rude to attend a party and complain about tasteless food and that alcohol isn’t strong enough. For some odd reason we Poles complain too much, please just stop it
and enjoy Christmas time!

Last of all, be careful what you put online, whether it iss Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You may lose your job or deprive yourself of some business opportunity, because someone checked your social media profile. Surely, You do not want it all to come back and haunt you.

Would you like to share other Christmas networking sins you have come across in your life?


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A networking event is like a first date! Check out interview with Krystyna Czerwinska

Hi Krystyna, it is a pleasure to speak with one of outstanding Poles in the UK. Congratulations! Can you tell us more about yourself?

Thank you very much, Wojciech, the Outstanding Pole title it is an honor and the award given to me for the past six years of my hard work. It was worth it!

I am an entrepreneur, owner and director of Czerwinska Group of Companies operating in the area of Yorkshire. I am the founder of Yorkshire Polish Business Club – a networking club for entrepreneurs and professionals in the United Kingdom. I also sponsor many events for Polish community abroad and I am a committed humanitarian activist. Currently, I am studying law and I am an enthusiast of business and positive thinking. My motto is “The sky is the limit” provided that one works hard and has unshakeable self-confidence.

Can you tell us about Czerwinska Group?

One day, a bit over six years ago, I decided to utilize all my language and leadership capabilities. I dedicated my work to Polish and other communities from the Eastern Europe living in the UK. My colleagues and employees named the business: “Czerwinska Group of Companies”. Apart from administrative, accounting and translation services, we also liaise with law firms and insurance brokers to help with various issues like debt management, assisting individuals and companies in their first steps in the United Kingdom.

You are also very experienced networker who is connecting with both Polish and British. Can you share with us how Krystyna Czerwinska does networking?

I always learn something new during networking sessions. I observe people, I listen to people and I do not talk too much about myself. I do not like when people judge me by just knowing what I do in life. I like to create personal relationships with people I meet, and I always think of how I could work with them in business, and how I could help them. I am a true giver and I believe that giving what you have got the best and helping with no expectations, always comes back. It is always a good idea to show value.

Remember to pick the right event! Not every networking event will be suitable for you, so it is a good idea to do some much needed research beforehand. Find the events that are tailored to your industry, will help you attract prospects and that are aimed at your target market.

Can you advise on any networking technique that has been a key to your success?

I am always myself and I believe this is the most important. Always be yourself. Do never try to be somebody else, and never lie. During the networking sessions I have learned to ask (this always surprises people), what is their last project they worked on instead of ‘’what do you do’’? This piece of information tells me more than a title or a job description of a person. Far too many people make the mistake of trying to pitch and just sell to everyone they talk to. This is a huge mistake, it will push people away and leave you marginalized wondering why nobody wants to talk to you. I also do not like to waste my time- as the time is essential when you network- I try do not speak to the person I already know. For beginners it can be a little bit awkward saying hello to a stranger but what you need to remember is that many people in the room are in the same position – and all people there are to build relationships.

Remember that the networking should not finish when the session finishes. The most important part is after the networking session, where you phone the person you want to do the business with, you invite that person for a coffee and lunch. A networking event is like a first date, if you do not follow up with people you have just met then they may think you were not really interested.

Thank you Krystyna, wish you more success and happiness in your life & keep networking :]


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Interview with Michael Frackowiak

Hi Michael, thank you so much for finding time to speak with me today. Can you tell us more about yourself?

Hi Wojciech. Thanks for having me. My name is Michael and I am Making Men Look Smarter. How? By telling them what to wear and what not to wear, when, how and why! I am a strong believer that there is certain amount of time that we have got when we meet new people and if we send the wrong signal, make bad first impression, that relationship is in jeopardy. I am not saying however that it is impossible to recover from bad first impression, but why would not want to give ourselves the best chance to succeed?
That was a very long answer for seemingly easy and straightforward question, but i believe in this. Men are notoriously difficult to convince that they should break their own habits of what to wear and how to wear things, as no one teaches that. We, men, are the creatures of habits. At school we have classes about Biology, History and Statistics, but nothing about making good first impression, and how to dress well.

You have become an absolute expert in helping Men to dress smartly and confidently. Where this passion came from?
The idea behind the pocket square business, which is a very niche and narrow market, came from seeing a lot of people not looking at their best when wearing a suit.
Too frequently there is something missing. Often people are spending lots of money on expensive suits. They will go out there and get the Ted Baker or Hugo Boss suit for £500.
Then they put it together, go for a night out and are surprised that no one notices their fine suit. I can guaranteed, that if they would spend extra £30 on a pocket square, match it with socks and watch…boom…they get a lot of compliments for both a suit and the entire look.
So the idea was simple – to help guys look their best! Plus, I get to try all the fancy colours and designs first, so it is also lots of fun for me!
I have actually created a blog post that talks about pocket squares specially for lawyers and solicitors:
I can also revel that very soon, probably at the start of the 2017 we will also be making suits, which will very much complete the look. Handmade, Italian, extremely nice suits! You are one of the first people to know about this!

You are also a fantastic networker who is very comfortable with connecting with both British and Polish entrepreneurs. Is networking great part of your business?
Networking has got some bad connotations. People say ‘networking’ and feel ‘ughhh’. I think the reason for that is that we – you – networkers in general messed it up for everyone. General population hears ‘networking’ and think of a bunch of people, in a dingy, tiny room, exchanging business cards, trying to sell each other some bullshit products insurance. But in majority of cases it is not like that at all.
You talk, You listen, You see how you can help the other person.
As simple as that.
Networking is great as you only ever going to buy and sell from people.
The truth is that, you go to a shop and you like the jacket, you are about to buy it, but the store-assistant is giving you some bullshit sales-pitch, he is nagging you to buy this jacket and also shoes. What do you do?
You leave.
You don’t make purchase.
As people buy and sell from people. Networking is just a fancy name of saying how different people can help each other making their business or their network of contacts better.

Can you share with us any networking tip that has been a key to your success?

One tip – always be nice to people and listen more. Don’t talk – just listen
What i mean by this is that you should always listen first. You will be surprised how does that change how people perceive you.
There is a book called Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox-Cabane. In that book there is a very interesting story which i would like to paste here as it profoundly changed the way i look at networking in general:
“IN THE TORRID London summer of 1886, William Gladstone was up against Benjamin Disraeli for the post of prime minister of the United Kingdom. This was the Victorian era, so whoever won was going to rule half the world. In the very last week before the election, both men happened to take the same young woman out to dinner. Naturally, the press asked her what impressions the rivals had made. She said, “After dining with Mr. Gladstone, I thought he was the cleverest person in England. But after dining with Mr. Disraeli, I thought I was the cleverest person in England.” Guess who won the election? It was the man who made others feel intelligent, impressive, and fascinating: Benjamin Disraeli.”
That sums it up pretty well!


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