Rock -Paper -Scissors

Yesterday we were thrilled to have a wonderful guest Skimm by @alice_olivia’s Stacey Bendet

Stacey has been a wonderful supporter of theSkimm and many have asked how she got Skimm'ing.

When we first launched theSkimm, we were working on our computers in a local restaurant when Stacey walked in with her adorable young children. Recognizing her and that when an opportunity presents itself, you gotta take it, Skimm A and Skimm B played Rock-Paper-Scissors over who had to work up the courage to go say hi. Skimm A was chosen to walk the plank and interrupt Stacey’s meal with her kids. It went something like this : “sosorrytobotheryoustartedthiscompanyyouwouldlikepleasetalktome" [breaks out in sweat]

Stacey couldn’t have been nicer and gave us her email and we let her go back to her family.

We did email her and followed up and were so grateful to hear back and that she loved theSkimm. The rest is history.

NEW ENTREPRENEUR LESSON OF THE DAY: If you don’t ask, you don’t get. 

Hi, my name is…

Lesson #8 as new entrepreneurs: Networking is an art form that takes time and practice to perfect. Whether it’s learning how to approach someone at a crowded restaurant with their children or chatting someone up at a bar, this is an important skill that doesn’t always come naturally. Put some effort in. You’ll be surprised what people will tell you about themselves when you ask. It gets easier with time… at least that’s what we tell ourselves. 

Also, name tags are awkward to wear but come in handy. Put your twitter handle underneath your name.