Namedroppers are gauche!

Think that’s the case?  Well, sometimes it can be just the conduit to making a nice connection.

Let’s say you find yourself in a meeting with a person who knows or has worked with a friend/colleague and they have a great working relationship!  Should you mention your friend’s name while you’re in the meeting?  I mean, they’re likely the competition, right?

Not so fast wise guy!  What if I told you they could actually be your ally?

If you mention that Sally Sue or John John (who has worked with the person you’re meeting) speaks highly of them you’re A) giving a nice compliment which everybody likes! (Obviously, only if it’s TRUE!), and B) you’re putting yourself in the company of somebody they’re already worked with or know.  Essentially, your pal already has their seal of approval, so subconsciously you’re telling them that you belong in that trusted category, too!

Let me say it this way, you’re giving clues that you belong in the category of “skilled enough to work with.”  It’s pretty simple and yet quite effective in elevating your status in other people’s eyes.

So, feel free to say you know Tracy Metro, if you like – hopefully it won’t hurt your chances of work 😉

In the infamous words of my husband, Marty Metro, “Good luck and be yourself!”

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