Perfecting Connecting© – what Sarah Michel calls her networking strategies to promote personal and professional success – aptly describes her expertise on the art of intentional connecting. And Sarah should know the power of networking: as a cancer survivor, Sarah’s network helped save her life. And now as a speaker, she shares the lessons she learned from her inspirational journey to motivate her audiences to connect not just for the moment, but for life.
What’s your favorite topic(s) to present on? Why?
NetWORTHing™, which is the new way to network if you want to build social capital in today’s reciprocal business climate. I teach people how to communicate their value proposition to their network to grow their networth. I’m all about connecting so my topics are focused on ways to improve your connection to your customers, coworkers (team building), and colleagues. I’m a certified practitioner with Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and help people discover the power in personality differences to encourage innovation, networking, creativity, and problem solving.
Three words that describe your presentation style:
High energy, Interactive, Humorous
What are your favorite groups of people to work with?
Professional Associations, Nonprofits, Healthcare Organizations, Entrepreneurs
Do you have a favorite quote? What/why?
‘You can have anything you want in life, if you help others get what they need first.” – Zig Ziglar
This is the mantra of a true connector, and if you stand in the intersection of your life looking for ways to connect people, opportunities and ideas, you will experience true happiness and reap rewards beyond your wildest dreams.
What are some things that surprise you or inspire you about your interactions with clients/participants?
I’m surprised and delighted when someone tells me they always thought of themselves as a “bad networker” or someone who “hated networking,” but after hearing me speak, they discover a whole new way to look at. I love when they tell me they had a complete paradigm shift and now walk away with a whole new game plan for how to approach their network and for the first time, feel like they can be successful at it. I’m always inspired when my story of how my network helped saved my life when I battled cancer five years ago, inspires someone to reach out to their network for support. There is no better feeling for me than to think my story will positively impact someone else’s healthcare challenge.
Are you involved in any community projects/issues?
I’m on the board for Partners in Housing in Colorado Springs which helps homeless families achieve self-sufficiency and ultimately home ownership. It’s a two-year program commitment and we have a 75 percent success rate with our partners. I have been an active volunteer for over a decade and on a mission to end homelessness in Colorado Springs. I’m also involved with our school district and special education services because I have a daughter with learning disabilities.