Co-founder of Women 2.0, founder of Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners, and VP of Strategic Partnerships for Hackbright Academy Angie Chang reflects on decisions that helped her become a persuasive and powerful voice.
Convince Yourself First
- Construct your confidence because everyone else is figuring it out, too.
- Deconstruct your networking events by counting conversations, pairing your arrival time with a purpose, channeling your inner peacock, and approaching groups of two when in doubt.
- Always default to yes to grow your network and connections but also prioritize time for yourself and other tasks.
- Banish blind introductions because reputations and introductions can make or break your credibility and influence within your network.
Affix Your Personal Brand to Something Greater
- Write to become ubiquitous by formulating your body of work and increasing your audience.
- Pick a very ambitious yet niche mission to be more thorough, effective, and impactful.
- Commit for the long haul because enduring influence and credibility take time to build.
You’re Only as Good as Your Ability to Rally People
- Make a direct ask of support and incorporate just asking into your culture.
- Get people to take it personally, so they will give public support.
- Keep it coming full circle by boasting and boasting, rephrasing and repeating, and elevating your alumni.