We had the good fortune of connecting with Randi Wood and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Randi, any pet peeves with networking events? Anything you feel works well in terms of relationship building?
I have always found networking tough! Most often when meeting new people at business related events, I have found they have inquiring minds for the simple reason that they are trying to figure out what you can do for them, they are trying to find an “angle” in which a relationship with you can benefit them….which never feels sincere.
I always find the most genuine relationships come from when you create an emotional connection with a person first, which then parlays into wanting to help each other in a business aspect. Some “networking” groups are formed on this mindset initially, which are the groups that I seem to get the most out of. “Hey Mama” is a great example of a group of women that have come together initially by all being mothers, but secondly by being working mothers. The topics of the group vary from parenting and marital advice to people looking for a new office space or a referral to a new corporate accountant.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Entre Nous has a special quality because although it is an online store, I also offer personalized services to all clients. I like everyone to feel like they are shopping with a personal stylist. I also love the hunt! Which means if a client is looking for a specific piece -past or present I will make it my mission to find it through my global contacts.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
LA has so much to offer, as it has so many little cities within a large one! If I had someone in town visiting that had never been to LA before I would try to give them a little taste of it all! Saturday would be a workout class at Body By Simone in Brentwood with a coffee after at Cafe Luxxe and shake to go at Earth Bar. The afternoon would be spent shopping at Melrose Place (hitting Violet Grey for sure) and lunch at the Ivy or Cecconi’s. Late afternoon would consist of laying by a pool, then a martini at the Beverly Hills Polo Lounge and Dinner at Sunset Tower. Sunday would consist of a hike at Tree people and infrared sauna and cryotherapy at Tonic Boutique. Then all-day grazing at brunch at The Little Beach House in Malibu. Finishing the day with a Korean Scrub at Pellequer (I’m obsessed).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Hey Mama – I referenced them in my earlier comments. They are a group that is for “networking”, but you never feel like you are networking… more so connecting!
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