Statement Jewellery May Help You Network

My apologies for the long absence….. seems my day job and life have been keeping me from blogging.  But I’m back and ready to share some insights on some things I’ve observed whist being a more corporate fashionista the last week and a half.

I have found myself in numerous situations where there network opportunities to broaden my professional-social-circle have presented itself.  However,  developing rapport with strangers in professional, office-workplace settings has always been something I find tricky to do….

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So, my go-to strategy once I’ve found someone I’d like to network with, is to begin by offering them a compliment.

Often time in those painful elevator rides where EVERY button is illuminated, and we’re all staring at each our feet, I’m usually the first to notice a fellow corporate fashionista standing next to me with fantastic shoes.  I’ll look up at her and tell her so.  And immediately we’ll be in chit-chatty conversation until we’ve arrived at our respective floor destinations.

Compliments are an easy ice-breaker. This means you want to use them to your best advantage and turn compliments into conversations.  This totally works for men too.  Plus, when another professional feels compelled to let you know they like something you are wearing…it’s as if you instantly have something in common.  And possibly have them start thinking, “I wonder what more we might have in common?”  😉

Jewelry has been the most successful fashion conversation starter at networking events, or so I’ve found. Both women and men feel comfortable complimenting or commenting on a piece of jewelry. It’s considered in the safe zone.  For men think: cufflinks, watches and tie pins (although rarely worn).

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Gold Coral Bib, Aldo Accessories
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Multi-strand Pink & Coral Stones, Stella&Dot
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Hello Yellow bib & earring set, Expressions – Hudson Bay Co.
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Cherry pendent necklace & matching earings from Jubly-Umph Originals, Doll Factory by Damzels (pic links to post)

My favourite, and most impactful pieces that yield the most compliments and conversation-starters are necklaces.  Likely, because they’re at eye level with other networkers.   Of course, earrings, rings, bracelets and other jewellery could do the same thing too.  If its a morning breakfast-networking event or cocktail-event, be sure to wear it on the hand that holds your drink beverage or food plate.  So that your fellow networkers can the statement jewellery and make it a conversation starter. 🙂

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Mint Stone Necklace from One Girl Who (pic links to post)
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Black and Gold necklace, Aldo Accessories

Take a look at a few from my personal collection that has gotten the most ‘action’ in terms of conversation starting with networkers, in addition to my colleagues within my work team, managers included!  I’ve provided captions under each picture and links to more details posts if I’ve worn this piece within a previous Outfit of the Day post.

I recommend wearing one eye-catching piece of jewelry to networking events. It doesn’t have to be over-the-top  or uber expensive to be effective; it’s most important for it to be visually appealing and personally flattering.

What is your go-to or favourite statement piece of jewellery?  What is it about this piece that makes is special to you?

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THE Medina Bib, Stella & Dot (pic links to post)
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White & Gold Bib, Aldo Accessories (pic links to post)
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Giant Pearls, Your Big Sister’s Closet; Ear-cuffs, Steam On Queen (pic links to post)

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Published by PetitePlusMeow

Social Media Enthusiast. Learning Designer. Curvy Fashionista. I'm a 30-something Canadian born Bengali (parents are from Kolkata, India...for those of you who need to know that type of thing). I've been chubby-curvy-plus-sized my entire life. Standing at a height of 5'2 and with a darker complexion, it has always been a challenge finding outfits or "looks" that really suit me. Living in the fashionable city of Toronto since birth, with a solid career has finally allowed me to embrace my love of pretty fashions in clothing, shoes and everything in between.

7 thoughts on “Statement Jewellery May Help You Network

  1. I totally agree! The statement necklace creates an easy ice breaker – and it’s great for the confidence too!

  2. Irene, not only are you stunningly beautiful, but what clever insight you have! I agree and here’s another tip in networking I learned, when in a business environment, ask “how can I help YOU, or what can I do to support your business”. It’s an olive branch that’s always well received, and it’s essential to support each other as women in business. Keep the great writing coming! Enjoying your posts. xox Stefanie, owner http://www.sexyplusclothing.com

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