Spring has definitely sprung in Whistler, with the birds chirping on the still crisp mornings. But where has our infamous round robin gone?
Once a standard practice at Women of Whistler events, the round robin was a great way to learn who was in the room so that you could connect with them in the event that they might be able to fill a need that you or your business may have. It was exciting for some, and terrifying for others. Although it lasted less than a minute, for most, the thought of public speaking may have kept them away from our events.
When your attendance numbers have increased from an average of 60 amazing women (and occasionally a few good men) to closer to 90, the round robin grew into an unmanageable part of the events.
With technology and social media changing the networking landscape, we decided to let the robin fly away to another nest, and instead leverage the power of networking at the event. Each year we try to include a topic that will inspire you to be a better networker; more of a connecter.
Currently, if you wish to share your contact information with those attending WOW events, you can select to do so when you register for the event. We provide an information sheet with attendee contact details on the back of your seat at the event, and we also send the list out to everyone prior to the event in our final reminder email.
We are always looking for ways to support you better, and encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas with us in each post event survey, or by contacting us.
You can also find us on Facebook
, and Instagram (new – stay tuned!). We encourage you to join the conversations and share on social.
While the robin may have left our nest, we hope you enjoy the networking we provide at our WOW events.
Join us on May 17th at Nita Lake Lodge to give WOW networking a try! At the bottom of this page is our newsletter sign up if you want to be notified about our events via email.
The Art of Negotiation
The title of this Women of Whistler event immediately grabbed my attention and I am fairly certain I am not alone. While we are lucky enough to live in beautiful Whistler and enjoy this amazing lifestyle (let’s face it, life is pretty good here), there are still things to be accomplished, dreams to fulfill, checks to be made on bucket lists. And just how do we get what we want out of life? Perhaps an opportunity to learn more is presenting itself.
Negotiation always seemed to me like a term for corporate executives in large firms. According to the event speaker, Cindy Roney, the art of negotiation is applicable to more than just the big boys in suits, it’s a skill we all should have in our toolbox. And a skill we can fine tune.
Cynthia’s bio lists an impressive number of accomplishments. She has extensive experience in executive business and leadership coaching and is CEO of her own coaching firm. Her clients include Royal Bank and Telus, as well as new start-ups. I will be paying close attention when she talks about why women often feel uncomfortable negotiating, why we don’t ask for what we want, and the how consequences of not negotiating show up in our personal and professional lives. Sign me up.
The key takeaways listed on www.womenofwhistler.com
- The top 10 traits of great negotiators & top 10 negotiating no-no’s
- A simple 5 step negotiation process to get what you want
- Self-assessment tool shows how you measure up as an effective negotiator
Tickets for the December 10th event are available at the Whistler Chamber of Commerce for what promises to be a very interactive and informative evening at Nita Lake Lodge.
Out of the Mouth of Babes
Networking is one of those business methods that is hard to define. What is successful networking? Does it have to end with a business proposition or can it be simply getting the word out?
Networking has always been interesting for me, I loved speaking to people and discussing business ideas. I never thought of myself as actively networking, just sharing ideas that would complement our businesses.
Unconventional Career Wisdom from Whistler Women
Most people will agree that Whistler is a very unique place in the world. We do things a bit differently here, don’t we? Our mountain playground is the center of many local social and business lives. Our challenges are different too, such as getting in a few turns before work or consistently struggling with keeping good local staff. So I think it makes sense that a career path carved out in Whistler would be a bit unique too.
What does a Whistler career path look like anyway?
Women of Whistler Present - Women Being Bold with Michele Romanow
The title of the next Women of Whistler event says a lot not only about the speaker, but also about our group as a whole. Women of Whistler's purpose
is to drive the development of professional women in Whistler. For this to happen it takes some bold ladies to pull it all together.
I was recently a bit bold and put my name into the ring to join the organizing committee for Women of Whistler and was over the moon when I was accepted. It took some courage to jump in, but that’s what our next speaker, Michele Romanow, is all about. I recently read an article on Entrepreneur.com
, which listed these seven traits as the ones successful entrepreneurs need to succeed: