Meeting people is one of my favorite things to do. Starting a conversation is an integral part of meeting people. Insert my hard hat! I wear my hard hat because it is a conversation starter with those around me. From the airport, to the grocery store, you never know who you don't know!


Sometimes it's not what you know, it's who you know. One connection can make a big difference in how a situation plays out. That is why I believe connections are so valuable. The more the merrier. My hard hats allow me to engage in conversations with so many people I would not ordinarily talk to, I find it to be an efficient way to "speed connect" and expand my network, gaining access to my new connections' insights and knowledge. It is a win-win situation, because everyone I meet has potential to connect with my connections, and I also have the potential to access to their connections. One conversation opens the door to a whole new realm of the perfect trifecta- Connections, Insight, and Knowledge.  


The concept of synergy from Stephen Covey's The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, is an idea I believe in passionately.  Synergy is the concept that the sum of the parts is greater than the value of the individual parts. Consider a car with no gas and a gallon of gas. Neither the empty car nor the gallon of gas is worth much individually.  However, when put together, the value is substantial. Meeting people and building connections is the first step to synergize. Just like a contractor wearing a hat when building structures, I wear mine when building connections!

What Does That Hard Hat Girl D0?

My full time job is being a student at the University of Portland. I am a business major, yet to declare a focus. Besides my hard hats, I love coffee and dogs. See the picture of my family's dog, Ellie, and me to the right.  Unfortunately, she lives in Idaho while I am at school.


My life at school is an adventure. When I am not studying or doing homework, I put on my hat and get to it! I love hard-hatting, so it is more like a hobby than work. When I am out on the job, I often smile and wave (when people stare), get high fives (from encouraging folks), or have a conversation (a real winner)! The hat starts so many conversations, I am not usually short on people to talk to. After an outing with my hat, I have a great story to tell so I go and write about it to share with people like you! I love to share stories about new ideas, connections, insight on business, and game changing revelations!



What now?

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Build on!