I’d like to welcome Kandie Delley to the blog today. Kandie and I met on Twitter and bonded over gluten free recipes. Living proof of food networking in action! 😀
Okay, okay. I tried (unsuccessfully) to intertwine the Food Network (one of my fave cooking networks) and networking together because really, they both CAN go hand in hand. Haven’t you ever had Sunday dinner with the fam, a casual business meeting at Chipotle’s or even had your own Iron Chef competition for Thanksgiving potluck? Well one thing all of these options have in common is that it brought people together by putting food into their ‘stomachs’.
I think food (promotions) is much underrated. I mean, it’s one of the first lesson’s that women learn in ‘how to get a man’ and it’s what corporations use to ‘quell’ the fires in the boardroom before “dropping the axe”.
Heck, there’s even a best-selling book using food as an analogy to get people compliant to the idea of change and growth, (see “Who Moved My Cheese”). LOL, All jokes aside, I have to ask, why, oh why, are authors passing up on this ingenious, low budget concept to network with other writers and promote their books (beyond book release parties)?
It’s no wonder that I landed on Kait’s website. Not only is she a fabu writer, but she also has a passion for cooking and sharing recipes, which she shares on her blog, Pots & Plots. Don’t believe me, try her Potato and Sausage Skillet Recipe or oooh, better yet, try her Gluten-free Focacia Bread Pizza. Almost close to my Zucchini Bread dish! Hmm good!
There’s something about filling someone’s stomach with succulent meals that makes them ‘eager beavers’ in your court. The other day I guest blogged about Affinity Groups, but this goes hand-in-hand with networking. Only this time, instead of using a common interest or topic, you’re hitting them where it’s hard to say no… their bellies! Seriously, people, we’re tapping into man’s (woman’s) primal instinct for survival. Wonder what people will do for some free food? Shoot, let me break it down for you.
- Some foods are natural aphrodisiacs
- People are (tired, –yawn—after a full moon, so they are easier to market to)
- Smelling a mind-blowing aroma after a hard days work and It’s FREE, I’m first in line. LOL
But on the real, it’s comfy, cozy and personal. With all the social media bobbing and weaving, sometimes you have to scale things back and go ol’ school, and connect with people. Have an intimate setting. It leaves a lasting impression.
Budget a little tight? Share some recipes. You’d be surprise how many undercover Bobby Flays there are in your network.
About Tempestuous Tales:
An urban legend becomes a nightmare when three women face tragic consequences: an unexplainable vanishing, a sadistic marriage, and a visit from beyond the grave, after an ancient talisman grants their wishes. Tempestuous Tales adds a modern twist to three classic short stories: The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs, Night Drive by Will F. Jenkins and Bluebeard’s Bride by Sarah Holland, based on the works of Charles Perrault.
Kait has chosen as the freebie/giveaway, my Stay Motivated [pdf] for writers! You can download a free copy here!
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Thanks again for allowing me to visit your blog and have a blessed holiday season!