• Erin Berg

WithIt, Palliser helping connections in Vegas

withitLorri Kelley, left, of BDI; CAmy Van Dorp, WithIt; Cameron Cook-Sellers, Palliser; and Kayla Wallace, WithIt.
AT THE MARKET – Palliser Furniture hosted the WithIt market party Monday to get women in the industry together to help them build their network.

From the Pinnacle Seating portion of the Palliser showroom, Lori Kelley, president of BDI and WithIt’s vice president of education, kicked off the gathering of new, existing and prospective WithIt members with a brief talk on the importance of making mutually beneficial connections.

A brief presentation gave key takeaways for networking as a recap of WithIt’s annual conference held in June.

  • Network with a purpose, meaning have in mind what you are looking for from that connection and what you bring to it.
  • Be yourself when introducing yourself and having that initial conversation.
  • Engage the other person by asking questions and listening to see how you both be of value to each other.
  • Be a resource for others. If you think of a way you can help or if someone asks, help how you can with information or connecting them with someone who can help them.
  • Follow up and deliver on your word. If you said you would do something to help them, take the time to follow through with it. Lack of follow through will cause you lose that connection point.
  • Exchange business cards at the end of the interaction because it’s less distracting. Make notes on the business card to help you remember something about that person.
  • Consider any cultural differences when you are working and traveling internationally.

Following the two-hour networking event, participants had the option of taking a bus tour to the Seven Magic Mountains, a large-scale site-specific public art installation by internationally renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, located near Jean Dry Lake just south of Las Vegas.

Erin BergErin Berg | Associate Editor

Erin Berg is an Associate Editor for Furniture/Today. After earning her B. A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California, Erin began her career in marketing where she served clients in a wide variety of industries from film and television entertainment to aviation. Erin lived in Italy and four different states before landing in North Carolina in 2009.

Erin can be reached at EBerg@furnituretoday.com or at 336-605-1040.

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