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Simple, yet ingenious!In her book Fearless Follow-Up: How to Turn Conversations into Clients, Ms. Datta turns the current mindset on its head and reorients the strategy on the idea of first determining what your best outcome would be for each networking event. This practical guide includes tools designed to help you plan for not only the right kind of follow-up but more importantly, with whom you will follow-up.
It is the rare person who can combine business experience and expertise with the ability to teach and create a curriculum based on that expertise. Soma is that person. She is an accomplished educator and business woman and helps others to be accomplished in business and teaching. I’ve had the honor of working with Soma in several ways including business growth presentations and workshops. Most recently, she brilliantly transformed my networking content into interactive workshop curriculum that can be customized for various audiences. Having the curriculum modules means I will be able to extend my expertise and mission by being able to license other professional facilitators to run workshops using the material. And to top it off, Soma adds a dose of authentic care and excitement to the curriculum development process.
Soma constantly challenged my thinking and pushed me to greater success; working with her was an invaluable experience. I was fortunate to have Soma Jurgensen as an instructor in college and was immediately blown away by the amount of knowledge she had and her ability to explain things in a comprehensive way. Throughout my time working with Soma as her work-study she was able to help guide my passions and show me how to go out in my industry and make success happen.
If you are only networking, you’re not doing all you canAs someone who has struggled with starting up new small businesses, I’ve spent a lot of time reading books and blogs about the importance of networking and finding leads. Soma Datta’s book, “Fearless Follow-up” stands apart, because she goes beyond merely finding leads and takes you down the path to conversion. She rightfully identifies that fear is an obstacle for many of us, and then provides a clear and concrete path out of the fear. I expected the book to be something of a thought exercise, but it’s much more practical than that, which both surprised me and pleased me. Don’t relegate this book to the shelf. It belongs on your desk, open, where you can see it every day, scribble in it, and let it prompt you to take action and follow-up fearlessly.
Soma presented “Negotiate with Confidence” for Women In Networking (WIN). Immediately afterward two of our members approached me to say how much they learned and suggested that we bring her back for a “part 2” to learn even more. Soma professionally presented useful information and insights, and she was responsive to questions from the audience. We would definitely be interested in having her present again.
I’ve collaborated with Soma as a speaker in her Managing Diversity in the Workforce course and as part of the School of Business Advisory Board. What has impressed me most is the way in which she blends her business mindset with her role as an educator. She has a rare combination of business savvy, teaching skills, and the ability to connect with students that make her classes relevant and personal. She embodies the new model of teacher required for preparing a 21st Century workforce.
Soma clearly demonstrates in her remarkable e-book, Leading Teams that Get Results, that there is a difference between building and doing business as a team. She understands the fact that so many of us are struggling along as a group.If you are looking for specific tips and want to have a conversation with someone on how to move from being a group to a team – then Soma is the person to contact. She truly serves with passion and thoughtful understanding regarding the hows and whys of building a team that operates with purpose.Thank you, Soma, for having that important conversation with me; your insight and reading your e-book has made a difference to this business person.
One small paragraph won’t suffice for Soma Jurgensen. … She commands attention in the classroom and extracts critical thinking at microscopic and telescopic points of view. Soma exudes confidence, dignity, and compassion in everything she does. She embraces technology, employs myriad teaching methods, and is comfortable in leadership positions big and small.
“Soma is a truly skilled facilitator/trainer and speaker with an engaging, clear and effective style. She inspires new thinking/behavior and provides a refreshing approach to networking which is actionable and intentional.”
As I’m getting ready for another networking event, I look over on my wall at Soma’s 5 Tips to Network with Confidence. It’s been three months since my training session with Soma, and I still have her tips up on my wall. Thank you, Soma for the simple reminder that networking isn’t only about sales, it’s about relationship building. And to not forget my business cards!