With all the networking events during this time of year, remember that your best networking tool is your smile.
Your smile helps start, nurture, and lock in the like and trust quotient of people needing to know, like and trust you before they hire or refer you.
My first corporate job was working as a bank teller for the Bank of Montreal in the heart of Vancouver’s financial district. I got that job because I smiled at the right person.
It was late spring of the year I started law school (I hadn’t been accepted yet.) and I was on my way to have lunch with Linda, my sister-in-law, who worked at the bank’s Vancouver head office. On my way down the hall to her office I smiled at a professionally dressed woman as I walked by her. I’d never meet the woman before, I was just feeling good about meeting Linda and having lunch with her and I shared my pleasure through my smile.
Well, later that afternoon Linda excitedly called me and to let me know that woman was a mucky muck in Human Resources for the bank and wanted to hire me. All because I smiled at her. She actually said something like – “Who is that girl? I want her greeting our customers.”
I went in for an interview and was hired as a teller. I enjoyed smiling at people and serving the bank’s customers that summer. It turned out to only be a summer job because I got accepted to the University of British Columbia’s Law School that summer.
Here are some great quotes about why we should smile:
Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. ~George Eliot
A smile is a powerful weapon; you can even break ice with it. ~Author Unknown
Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important. ~Janet Lane