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How To Ace a Media Event, If You’re an Introvert.

how to start great smal talk in dubai events if you are an introvert dubai media invites blogger tips to network (1)Not in a million years, I imagined being a blogger, would turn the tables around and get me cracking up with a network of such talented individuals. Though social anxiety drove me mad all my childhood, I always consider invites to Press Events an extra bonus for all the hard work. But much to my excitement, the introvert me, always gets anxious before a media event, attending places with a large audience often triggers the wild ‘Let’s run out of here’ dilemma inside.

Across the social predicament, I’ve picked up some bits and pieces to be a Pro-Social butterfly during an event and make genuine connections on the go, relatable to all introverts. Gift wrapped all the knowledge into a 6 pointer post for all my newbies in this industry.

Dress to Impress

A fact is if you are in the public eye, your dressing matters, irrespective of your niche and content. So rather than experimenting, select an attire which reflects your personality, fits into your comfort level (in short, outfits that boost up your confidence) and brings out clean happy vibes. Truth is, first impressions do matter and your ensembles are majorly judged by Media Agencies, Founders, and PR firms.

If you are into Fashion blogging, or somewhere in that industry, never under dress yourself, you are a live example of your drop dead chic Instagram Feed.

Do your homework

Take a look at who else will be at the event and plan to meet those who might share something in common (or someone you find less intimidating). Before entering any venue, trick your mind with a challenge to network with at least five new people on your own, this gives the disciplined introvert something to strike off as the event progresses.

To be a social butterfly, stop being the shy wingman of the one person you already know, rather be a vibrant smiling face, who isn’t afraid to say hello first.

Introduce yourself Digitally

Your first event (a room filled with random strangers, you stalked on Instagram) may be socially exhausting, however, within blogosphere, an exceptionally easy ice breaker is to start a conversation by asking the ‘go to question’ – What’s your Instagram handle? and introducing yourself the same. #RealityCheck your blog/insta handle is way more famous and is bound to be recognized by others than your actual name.

Another excellent etiquette I observed during these social events is bloggers supporting fellow bloggers by following them on social media on the spot. A great move for people to remember you by, take out your phone & search them then & there to spread some digital love.

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Small Talk with a Personal Touch

Ever had those moments, when you gather all the courage introduced yourself and had no idea where to lead the conversation next. Start with a nice genuine compliment. Find something interesting in their apparel & accessories, this approach is friendly and less like professional networking. Next, mix in a “How did you become a blogger” if it turns out to be a group of 3 or 4. Allow everyone to share a story & you are one step closer to being a butterfly.

If you’re an anxious introvert, look for someone who seems a little lonely and might share your anti- social tendencies. Strike up a conversation on how crazy hectic such networking events can be or let them know about your 5 people challenge (your anxiety can aid to a real conversation). Most people are empathetic towards introverts.

Snap with a Chat

Most of us in any event, are majorly involved in our vlogging game. We are much more secured talking to our screen than people in front of us, aid to this social anguish, by offering people to take their photos. Don’t be that ‘One Snap Good Bye’ kinda person, instead invest some time & creativity to click a real good snap or boomerang, as this gets YOU in the good books.

Follow Up Sooner than Later

Before leaving the venue, offer pleasantries to the host & compliment them on the hard work put into the event & how beautiful it turned out. Show your gratitude personally to the individual who invited you at the event and the next morning as well. Though as bloggers, we focus & timely ensure an RSVP, thank you notes are often neglected. Send a personalized note via email within 24 hours after the event to showcase appropriate business and social etiquette.

Also, make a quick follow up with the bloggers you met at the event by showing more support on the social media pages. DMs are the best way to go.


Tell us! What are the best networking conversation starters you’ve heard or tried?

Until, Next Time, Love Rahma


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DAY OUT WITH JOLLYCHIC

Hello Stylers <3

Recently I was up for a shopping spree but a budget friendly one (I deserve some brownie points for being super careful) on a HongKong based website called Jollychic – famous for the stunning red logo, seasonal offers & countless commercials on facebook. As I’m a planning an overseas trip soon, I thought of trying out some new affordable online stores to get my bags packing.

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After constant back and forth of adding items to my wishlist from their fabulous clothing lines & huge accessories collection, I happily settled on some travelling essentials & wardrobe staples. Though, I’m quite sceptical about online shopping from international stores mainly because of the delivery time, Jollychic did surprise me in this very department (definitely in a good way) by their amazing association with local & foreign shipping & logistics companies.

The final order was placed on 18th Sept at Jollychic and the items were delivered at my doorstep via Aramex on 30th Sept.

So here is a quick fashion haul of what I picked up and if you are interested in giving Jollychic a try, use my special coupon code ” rthijabstyles “ for a 10% off on your order. Plus, you can avail, free express shipping on purchases worth 99$ and up.

Plus Size Black Patchwork Lace Top

One can never have too many black shirts precisely because you can always dress them up for an event or snuggle in them during office hours yet look presentable. The outfits you can recreate with this simple top brings in a whole other level of possibilities.

 

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6 Pcs Classic Sterling Geometric Pattern Handbag Set

I’ve been wanting to invest in a good travelling combo and this one was a love at first sight sort of thing. Replicating the oh so famous Gucci pattern, I thought this particular combo was rather classy & super convenient for vacations with so many choices from a wallet to an oval bag, clutch and much more.

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Grey Tassel Drop Women’s Handbag

When I added this particular dainty purse to my Jollychic cart, I’ll admit it was an impulse buy, mainly because of my huge fetish with tiny tassel bags & clutches. But this was beautiful little gem does compliment my recent ‘monochromic’ personality & oomphs up those boring rags I wear on my massive shopping fever days.

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Well, that’s about it. Thanks for visiting my blog! Until next time…
Much Love, Rahma <3 
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, however, the opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of JOLLYCHIC or any other company.