Be the One Everyone Wants to Meet

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By: Lia Sbisa

It’s no secret the power and benefits that networking has to offer. We’ve been told time and time again…or not, that creating a network of influential and successful people is crucial to one’s success. At a networking event, or just in a venue full of people, we all want to have that golden conversation with the biggest name in the room. It’s only natural to feel that the more people that know them, the more people they know. Your network does not stop with that one person, it extends to all of their networks as well.

As young adults making our way into the working world, and even those already well established in the workforce, it is important to make ourselves noticed and be the differentiator that radiates uniqueness. Be the person that everyone wants to network with at an event or even just at a casual get together.

 

  • Get Involved

 

Whether you’re seasoned in your extracurriculars or just starting out, being a part of something other than work or school is a great way to a) network and b) have something to bring to the table in an introductory conversation. The more you do, the more you will relate to a broader audience (not saying overload yourself).

 

  • You do not have to hold the highest or coolest position.

 

The status you hold within a company may help your networking reputation, but it does not solely dictate how marketable your other attributes may be. Just as we learn from those top notch professionals, they learn from us. Any influential being is on the lookout for more up and coming influential beings.

 

  • Take time to learn about your own experiences and learn to talk about them.

 

If you’re a college student or newly entering the workforce, become an expert on your experiences (internships, jobs, campus news, extracurriculars). Networking with older professionals can be intimidating, but much less tricky if you can relate to an experience even on the most minimum level. If you are more established in the workforce, know a little bit about a lot of things. Nothing is more attractive than being able to hold a thoughtful conversation over something that excites your audience, even if it may not be your cup of tea. This goes for anyone and everyone: READ THE NEWS. However you choose to keep up on current events, just do it, or start doing it if you do not. It is okay to admit that you do not know much about a topic, you become more interesting when you’re interested.

 

  • Be interested in who you’re talking to.

 

As previously stated, you become more interesting when you’re interested. Just a rule of thumb (whether you want to admit it or not), everyone loves to talk about themselves. Be able to relate to a few key topics during a conversation (talk about a travel destination that you have in common, ask about the company they work for and how they got to their position). People like you more when they think you like them just as much if not more.

 

  • Initiate a relationship that grows beyond your initial introduction.

 

Do not let the relationship end with the end of a conversation. If the conversation allows, briefly share your goals for your near future and give a rough timeline of where you’ll be in the next few months and express your interest in keeping in touch. Find common ground and set up a time to check in if you have established a relationship that will last longer than just one conversation. Grab a business card and follow up the conversation with an e-mail reminding whoever it is that you enjoyed their time and throw in your favorite topic from that conversation. 

Believe that you are worth meeting. Be interested. Involve yourself in things that you enjoy. Make people believe you’re worth meeting.

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5 Pretty Obvious Reasons to Not Pass Judgement

Children’s naive understanding of the world allows them to live and learn freely, openly and,  until they begin to compare themselves to others, without judgement. I am envious of kids abilities to say whatever they feel, ask any question, and do so without fear of what others will think.

As we learn about the world and grow into teenagers and adults, we develop ideas of what is right and what is wrong based on a variety of external and internal influences. The sequence of events that happen in life will affect based on your reaction to them.

This is the same in our relationships with people. In life, people will come and go. This could be someone you fall in love with, an acquaintance, or someone who walks past you on the street. How you react and interact with these people shapes how you move about in the world.

To put it simply and hopefully not to cliche, how you view others around you stems from how you feel about yourself. If we could all remember how we felt as children  perhaps we could recall the genuine simplicity of interacting with others and improve the way we view each other.

I have come up with five reasons why you wouldn’t want to judge someone before you chat with them.

  1. Imagine how much someone else knows. No one knows everything, everyone has interests, and everyone likes to share what they know with others. There is endless power in knowledge and unless you think you know it all, there is not a single person you will meet who cant teach you something. If you’re open to it, you will always be pleasantly surprised. “Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable, but no flowers grow.” -Vincent Van Gogh 
  2. There isn’t a person you wouldn’t love if you could read their story. People are fascinating, everyone starts from nothing and over time becomes a unique personality with a unique story. You don’t have to love listening to peoples life stories to appreciate how different we are and how far we’ve all come.
  3. The power of positivity is simple. It feels better to feel good and feels worse to feel bad. Thinking negatively, especially in regards to people, will likely evoke negative feelings in and about yourself. Seeing the good in others and being understanding of people, will allow you to recognize and feel good about your own qualities. Positivity grows exponentially faster than negativity and is significantly easier to put your energy into.
  4. What are you afraid of? While people may come from different backgrounds beliefs and understandings, it will only benefit you to try to understand the why behind their ways. If you are confident in your own values, there should be no fear of the unknown. “When the roots are deep, there is no reason to fear the wind” -African Proverb
  5. You’d hate for it to happen to you. Considering how smart and capable you are, you have a lot to offer and it would be a shame for someone to overlook that based on a judgement. When others engage with you, be kind, be honest, and be yourself. It wont always work out and you wont always agree but if both parties can take away something different or new, then that’s a win.

Remember to love each other despite differences, ask questions if you don’t understand, and use your powers for good. At the end of the day it’s honestly so much easier.

Something to consider,

Niki

 

 

Montana: by a Northern Californian

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-8-47-46-amIt is no secret that the majority of the University of Montana student body is made up of Montana born and raised students (we’re talking 74% in-state). It is also no secret that there are “Keep California Out!” signs on everyone’s lawn (not really).

“Oh where are you from?” – Seemingly interested older Montanan

“Sacramento, California!” – Me

“…I’m sorry…” – Now uninterested and bitter older Montanan

“I’m not 🙂 Thanks for having me!” – Smiling me

Take a minute to listen up. I may not speak on behalf of the rest of the Californians in Montana, but I have a perspective I’d love to share. The second I stepped on University of Montana’s campus I knew that it could be my home away from home. The city of Missoula, hell the state of Montana, felt like hugging someone that you haven’t seen in years. I’ve been here for 4 very short years and no, I don’t plan on staying, but yes I will be back to visit. The reason being that it offered the experience of a lifetime for this particular time in my life.
For anyone who’s interested, University of Montana allowed me to step away from most everything I knew in Sacramento (yes I had seen snow, every year in Tahoe minus the recent winters). I was able to clearly establish my values as a young adult, assess the type of future I wanted, and walk away with some of the best friendships I will have for a lifetime.
You see, us Northern Californians appreciate tall trees, snowcapped mountains, cleaning our campsites and wandering to find that adventure just doesn’t end. I can single-handedly agree that California has some extreme undesirables. But so does Montana (hello Meth Capital), so does Colorado, so does New York, and Wyoming and every other state you can name. How do you think Arizona feels hosting all the frail Montana old-timers looking for warm retirement? Probably a mix of “stay in your own state” and “please contribute to our economy; look we have handicap approved EVERYTHING!”

I’ll leave on this note. The amount of times that people think that I’m a Montanan prior to asking is remarkable. Let’s just say I’ve had to convince just about everyone I meet with a valid California drivers license. My experience with those who are excited to have me is what makes Montana “the last best place”. The nay-sayers couldn’t keep me out if they tried.

By: Lia Sbisa, proud Sacramento Native and Montana Visitor

9 Totally Random Lifehacks

By: Charlie Freyn

#1. Make an improvised life jacket

Instant Life Jacket (how to)

  1. Take your trousers off
  2. Tie the legs together with the fly facing down, to hold air better.
  3. Pull the legs over your neck.
  4. Cup your hands and splash air into the waist
  5. Open the waist to add more air as needed
  6. ????
  7. Success

#2. Use a plastic bag to watch shows or movies on your next flight

  1. Throw your phone/tablet in a plastic bag
  2. Attach the plastic bag to the folding tray clamp
  3. ????
  4. Success

#3. Seal a bag of chips without a chip clip

How to seal a bag of chips without a clip

  1. Fold the top of the chip bag over several times
  2. Fold the edges of the bag inside
  3. Execute a reverse fold
  4. ????
  5. Success

#4. Make a camping lantern using a headlamp and water jug

  1. Place headlamp on the water jug with the light source facing in
  2. ????
  3. Success

#5. Casually drink a beer in public

  1. Empty a soda can
  2. Vertically cut the side of a soda can
  3. Place the soda can over your beer
  4. ????
  5. Success

#6. Cut a rope without a knife

How to Cut Rope in an Emergency!

  1. Place a rope on the ground
  2. Step on the rope with both feet
  3. Use the excess rope to saw the gap inbetween your feet
  4. ????
  5. Success

#7. Use a fork to balance your taco while you add toppings

  1. Stand the taco upright on a plate
  2. Put two prongs of the fork on the inside of the taco
  3. Fill the taco with your favorite toppings
  4. ????
  5. Success

#8. Clean a dirty record with wood glue

Cleaning a record with wood glue

  1. Spin a dirty record on the record player
  2. Apply wood glue while the record is spinning
  3. Let the record dry
  4. Peel away the dried wood glue
  5. ????
  6. Success

#9. Sneak liquor into a concert or festival

  1. Hollow out the inside of a baguette
  2. Pour your favorite liquor into a small water bottle
  3. Place the bottle into the baguette
  4. Insert the baguette into the original bag, open side down
  5. ????
  6. Success

 

Mondays (Don’t Have to) Suck

 

Published by: Aaron Kell

Written by: Meghan Wagner

  • Jam it Out!!

 

Start by having a solid go-to playlist, or a few.  Think about classic (to you) songs, or just songs that make you feel good.  For me that would be 90’s Jams, showcasing the likes of Beck, Third Eye Blind, Oasis and such.  It’s possible you would benefit from a pre-made workout playlist on Spotify.  If Hip-Hop is your thing, make a list of the best.  Just knowing you don’t have to try (or think) that hard to get some good tunes flowing is gonna pick you up just that much faster.

To see what YouTube recommends on Mondays, check here:

 

  • Dress for Success

 

Go to bed on Sunday night with an idea of what you’ll want to wear tomorrow.  Take into account the day’s tasks: a regular work day, group presentation, running a boat load of errands, etc. Figure out not only how functional you need your outfit to be, but also how comfortable you want to be.  Our desires for these ideas change from week to week based on what our priorities and short-term goals are, which is part of what makes picking out your outfit fun.  I totally commend yoga pants on a Monday, but consider pairing them with a cute, cozy top instead of the first thing you find on your floor, which you’ll end up having to turn inside-out in the bathroom because a rando discovered last Friday’s pizza stain and thought he was being kind by pointing it out to you (this is me commiserating with you, not judging you).  If picking out your outfit the night before is not your thing, just think about what kind of style you’ll be in the mood for. Just by having an idea of what direction you want to take your own wardrobe before you even get there is going to help make the process simpler and smoother.  I’m not saying this will make deciding what to wear simple and smooth, but simpler and smoother.

 

  • Find joy in the little things

 

Take your time to pack a healthy but satisfying lunch or really yummy snacks.  Walk to campus  and with this new chunk of time and pick up a piping cup of Oolong to switch it up.  Take your chance to review Tumblr and Pinterest without the guilt of not responding to that (kinda?) important email or you know, doing homework.  This time can be perfect for carrying-out mundane, somewhat mindless tasks that should get done.  Monday mornings can actually serve the purpose of being productive, and setting a high, yet attainable standard to set a good pace of productivity for your week.

For some delectable suggestions, check here:

21 Clean Lunches in Under 10 Minutes

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20 Healthy On-the-Go Snacks

{20 Healthy On-the-Go Snacks} *Perfect for running between after school activities #BuddyFruitsB2S

 

  • Wake up a ½ hour earlier than necessary

 

Hey, hear me out here, I’m not excited about this one either.  Part of what makes Mondays so perpetually unpleasant is the morning rush.  If you have a regular 9-5 job, or are a student attending traditional classes, by the time Monday morning rolls around you are out of your routine.  Between battling the great debates of getting up and putting at least some effort into your appearance or clutching even tighter to those fleeting, precious moments of sleep, before frantically looking for something resembling breakfast food (or just something edible if it’s “one of those Mondays”) or just not eating because you’re whipping around like The Flash and ain’t nobody got time for breakfast (unless it’s brunch-which it’s not, because it’s fucking Monday) Mondays are just going to make you feel rushed.  By waking up just half an hour earlier than you need to to fulfill your morning routine you are giving yourself the gifts of time and sanity.  You could sleep for an extra 15-30 minutes (which yes you would be doing anyway, but in the moment it feels like finding that last present hidden behind the tree) or you could actually use the time.   Allow yourself to spend extra time in the shower, or have a bath if that’s what you prefer.  Watch an episode of Friends while putting on your make-up or eating breakfast (I recommend “The One with the Embryos” if you’re in need of a suggestion).  Stop denying your inner child and actually make yourself a smiley face pancake.  Just do something easy that you love, that sounds good in the moment.  The only limitation is this treat can’t have a great potential of totally derailing your whole routine, like watching Games of Thrones in bed.  Sorry folks, I wish that last one really would help me get ready in the morning…