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Lori Saitz

LORI SAITZ

Networking Strategies for Quiet People

Unique ID: lorisaitz

Keywords: business networking, building business relationships, networking for introverts

Industry sector: Marketing

Location: United States

I help women who are terrified to walk into a room full of strangers feel more comfortable networking and building relationships with clients, referral sources, and colleagues.

With a networking strategy that works for them, they can go forth and confidently
* attend events, conference and parties
* start conversations with people they haven’t met yet
* stay in touch with these contacts
* turn them into raving clients, fans and friends
All of which ultimately leads to their personal fulfillment and organization’s success.

Expertise & Speciality

Branding,  Business and Finance,  Coaching and Training,  Communication Skills,  Customer Loyalty,  Entrepreneurs,  Marketing,  Marketing,  Networking

Industry Sector

Marketing

Passions & Purpose

I believe we all have a responsibility not only for our own moral, spiritual, and material well-being and growth, but for that of society at large. It’s part of being human.

I am passionate about literacy and education. Can you imagine NOT being able to read? Especially in the world in which we live today. Sure, there’s plenty of video online, but consider everything you’ve read today and how it would affect your life if you couldn’t read. UNESCO.org estimates 775 million adults worldwide are lacking even the most basic literacy skills; that’s 17% of the world – and 2/3 of them are women!
I’ve been an adult literacy tutor, a tutor trainer (teaching others how to be tutors), a pre-GED teacher (this is the course of study for earning a high school equivalency diploma in the U.S.), and a volunteer story reader to 6-year old first graders. Don’t get me started on the importance of literacy and how illiteracy affects every area of society around the world – it will be a loooong conversation.

I also love all animals, am passionate about animal welfare and don’t eat anything with feet.

When organizations hire me to speak, I donate 10% of my fee to one of several charities (chosen by the client), including Room to Read, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, and Dress for Success.

Lastly, I’m passionate about living a happy and fulfilling life; feeling connected to others, to society as a whole, and to the Universe (God, a higher power, whatever you want to call it); and to making a contribution to the world.

Recent gigs & credits

40Plus of Greater Washington – Ignore Mom’s Advice & Talk To Strangers – How To Overcome The Fear Of Networking – April 17

Long Biography

When she was a child, Lori Saitz’s report cards regularly said, “Lori is very bright but she needs to learn how to speak up in class.” Fast forward to 2003 when she launched Zen Rabbit Baking Company and introduced the world to The Gratitude Cookie. Upon starting that business, she forced herself to go to networking events and endured many awkward conversations in hopes of meeting clients. Eventually, after spending thousands of dollars and stomach-churning hours, she figured out how to comfortably manage networking situations.

Today she is known as The Quiet Girl’s Guide and she not only feels comfortable meeting new people, she actually enjoys it.  As a networking strategy coach and speaker, she helps other “quiet girls” get past the fear of networking so they can find success.

Her services are in demand by solopreneurs and business owners who need to figure out which networking events are worth going to so they’re not wasting hundreds of dollars; what to say once they’re there so they don’t look foolish; and how to follow up afterward so their efforts aren’t wasted.

Lori’s reputation for going above and beyond on behalf of her clients is well known. She has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and communications. She has served as a pre-GED teacher and an adult literacy tutor and is a strong proponent for increasing literacy worldwide.

Qualifications & Training

Awards & Achievements

Upcoming Events

Empowered Women International – The Power of Networking and Building a Strong Following – April 19, May 10, May 16

Career Network Ministry – Overcome Your Fear of Networking for Business Success – May 30

Creative Colony – The 7 Questions You Must Answer Before You Talk To One More Prospect! – June 28

Women in Technology – title TBD – July 11

Interests and Hobbies

Fitness – including weight training, cardio kickboxing, and Reformer Pilates classes

Reading (not surprising, given my passion for literacy)

Baking (which is why I need to also be a fan of fitness)

Hanging with my friends discussing business, personal development and how to save the world

Miscellaneous Information

When you're a Quiet Person, walking into a room full of strangers at a networking event can be torturous - if you can even get yourself to show up in the first place. You feel awkward, uncomfortable and anxious. You don't know what to say. You see other people talking and laughing and feel like such an outsider.

You have a big vision and are on a mission with this organization you're creating or working for, but you simply can't build the relationships with clients, referral partners and supporters necessary for success by sitting home browsing social media sites and watching what everyone else is doing.

I teach what to do BEFORE attending an event, how to feel comfortable AT events, and what to do AFTER an event to make having attended worthwhile.
Available for

After Dinner, Charity Event, Corporate Event, Live Seminar / Conference, Online /Digital Event, Radio Host
, Speaking Events,

Keynotes

Ignore Mom’s Advice & DO Talk to Strangers – How to Overcome Your Fear of Networking & Build Strong Relationships for Business Success; Overcome Your Fear of Networking – Go From Scared to Successful in Seven Steps; The 7 Questions You Must Answer Before You Talk To One More Prospect!; Offbeat Marketing Strategies for Getting & Keeping More Clients; Is It Time To Pivot? What To Do When It’s Time To Transition

Specialist Topics

Recent Gigs & Credits

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Creative Colony

Washington Networking Group

Career Ministry Network

40+ Washington DC

Women in International Security

Women in Technology

Women in Marketing

The Power Conference

Society for the Technological Advancement of Reporting

Social Media GPS

eWomenNetwork, Montgomery County, Maryland

Dan Kennedy’s Renegade Millionaire

Speaking Experience

I’ve 25+ years experience in marketing, networking and building business relationships. I also have experience as an on-air radio personality at the #2 station in a top 50 market.

Testimonials

Lori’s topic of “The Power of Gratitude in Business” generated a lot of interest and was standing room only at her breakout session. We got a lot of feedback on her presentation and she definitely made an impact on attendees. She is a true professional and working with her was easy. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her as a speaker. ~ Tina R. Johnson, JP Events & Consulting, The Virginia Women’s Business Conference in Leesburg, Virginia, United States

You were awesome. Seriously. One of the best calls we’ve ever done. Thank you for being you and for your honesty. ~ Frédérique Campagne Irwin, Her Corner, Podcast for an entrepreneurial women’s organization in the United States

Thanks so much!  I don’t think the call could have gone any better than it did.  Great advice, good examples. Lori’s sage advice was spot on. I truly appreciate your help tonight. ~ Trisha Torrey, Podcast for The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates in the United States

 

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