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Working Mom Tip: How to Rock a Cocktail Party or Conference

Me on a panel at a conference

Most working moms work because they need the money to provide for their families. The lucky ones also enjoy what they do. That said, even those who enjoy their jobs generally want more money, more power, and more respect. That's probably a combination of living in a capitalistic society and being exposed to The Godfather series at too young an age.


It's been proven that those with the best career trajectory are those who have the largest and most meaningful networks. Indeed, those who are both known and sponsored by those who are already in power tend to ascend with ease. The benefit, besides the money, power and respect, is the control these working moms have over their work lives. This control gives them the ability to make decisions that are in the best interest of their families.

Remember, several years ago, when Sheryl Sandberg announced that she leaves work every day at 5:30PM? There were reverberations throughout the working mom world. Only a boss could make that declaration without fear of repercussion.  As far as I can tell, Ms. Sandberg's career has continued to prosper.

So, for the working moms out there who want to be less frazzled and have control their careers here's a tip, expand your network so that you can be become better known in your organization and become sponsored by a power player. One way to do that is to learn how to rock a cocktail party. Many people hate work socializing and either hide in a corner with their friends or make some forgettable comment to someone in authority and waste the opportunity.

Working moms have too little time to waste it not leveraging those opportunities into career promotion. So, exchange small talk for meaningful conversation whenever you have the chance. Below is an article that contains great tip to help you rock a conference or cocktail party. Let me know if they work for you!

What seems like banal banter can turn into something more meaningful—and even help your career—if you know how to steer the conversation.

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