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Networking for Introverts

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 25, 2019

I hope many of you are getting excited to attend EDS19 – it’s right around the corner! Being a heightened introvert, once I start thinking about a Conference my hands start sweating, I often get a headache and my heart starts beating quickly! Perhaps some of you have these same kinds of feelings.

Well colleagues, rest easy!! EDS19 is a GREAT opportunity to network with a terrific group of Seasoned Professionals that are also your friends. There will be so many chances to be in structured environments where you can start conversations about an industry that you are all so familiar with! What a fabulous place to test the waters and have fun all at the same time!

I recently came across an article in Forbes Magazine by Andrew Vest about Networking. He says that in its purest form, networking is about people enjoying other people, communicating passions and connecting with others who share those passions. This is exactly what EdSymposium offers each of us! One of the amazing benefits we each realize from our membership to SDA is the opportunity to share passions with those that work in the same industry. You are the subject matter expert in your role at your firm. There is immediate comfort with having the ability to speak from the heart, with confidence that your knowledge is powerful. Additionally, your knowledge quite possibly can help someone else do their job even better. SDA is a group of people that want to help for the betterment of all – this is a great foundation to have a conversation with all SDA members. Share common conversation; get to know about their interests; share insights that have helped you in the past; continue building genuine relationships.

A few other thoughts about jumping into the Networking fun:

Fundamentally, everyone in the room is your equal. No one is unimportant, and everything your colleagues have to say is worthwhile on some level.

  1. Be present to each person in every conversation you find yourself during any common time throughout the Conference. Really listen to people. There is always some useful nugget of information you can take away – consider those nuggets of information your bag of goodies! Share your insights – remember that what you say is equally important.
  2. Have sincere eye contact with people all the time. There is nothing worse than having a conversation with someone and see the other person glaze over and not really be paying attention to what you are saying. If you are the listener, don’t be trying to think about the next question you are going to ask. Pay attention to what’s being said right there, in that moment. Look the other person in the eye and really hear what they are telling you. Don’t be looking around the room trying to figure out how you can get out of talking to them or where else you can go to start your next conversation.
  3. Think about connecting the dots of your networks. Each of us brings knowledge and relationships to EDSymposium – even if you are a first-time attendee, you bring new and fresh insights to whatever your conversation is about. Think about who you know in your network that might have a connection to someone else that might share a similar problem; or use the same software to handle their work; or is going through an upgrade you or someone you know has gone through; or has the same kind of pet; or lives in the same state; or has tried the same restaurant. The list of ways to connect your relationship dots is endless.
  4. Bring your business cards with you. Exchange them with people. Plan to follow up with people after EDS19 is over. Drop a quick email and say hello. Ask them how things are going. Pick up the phone and have a quick call with someone to ask how that upgrade went. Do something to continue your conversation. That is one of the best possible ways to grow and enhance your network!

There is no question about it, SDA provides us the best possible venue to have a highly successful networking experience. Join us at EDS19 to take advantage of getting to know your industry colleagues! If not this year, plan to attend EDS20! Try networking – you won’t regret it!

What are some tips that you have to offer about in-person networking events? Share them in the comment box below.

Marie Tamala, CDFA is an Associates and the Data/Project Analyst at
Cuningham Group Architecture in Minneapolis, MN.

 She currently serves as the 2018-2019 SDA National Secretary 



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SDA National President's Message - April 2019

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 18, 2019
Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2019


SDA National President, Susan Lankey, CDFA, brings you her April 2019 update from the great outdoors. Check out the latest video blog (Vlog) with her co-star Oakie!

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What's On Your Reading List?

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

What’s on your bookshelf or nightstand for reading? Do you enjoy curling up with a good book at the end of the day to unwind or over your lunch break to catch a few minutes of escape from the craziness of the office? Many of us enjoy the chance to escape into a fiction book that give us the chance to explore new worlds and meet new characters.

But have you considered the power of reading some non-fiction books to advance your career? We know that we are shaped by what we learn, and reading is a vital tool in the learning of any new skill.  Many successful leaders were avid readers and have created reading lists. In fact, did you know that Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, has a reading list for his organization? Their list is to help develop a common understanding for employees and executives alike. Bill Gates maintains a recommended reading list on his site Gatesnotes. Many academic institutions also publish reading lists for their incoming freshman and other student body members.

The SDA National Education Committee has been busy creating our own Recommended Reading List to help advance your professional career.  We’ve listed books that have been recommended to us by our members that they have found useful in their office and/or job. The list continues to be updated and we are beginning to add summaries to some of the books that our members have found useful. All books have a link to Amazon in case you would like to purchase them for your library and/or reading pleasure. Reading truly is a key element in our professional development, so check out the list and let us know what you think.

Have you read a good book that helped advanced your career? Share the title, author and why it made an impact for you in the comment box below. We would love to add new titles to our recommended reading list that you all have enjoyed.

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Word Nerd: Is it advice or advise?

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2019



If you can remember that advise is a verb and advice is a noun, you shouldn’t have trouble using those two words incorrectly. And another thing: The s in advise is pronounced like a z. The c in advice is pronounced like an s.

So what’s the difference between the two words?

When you are telling someone what you think they should do, or if you are informing someone about something in a formal way, use advise.

When you are offering guidance or recommendations to someone, use advice.



  • SDA National advises all members to read the SDA Code of Ethics.
  • The chapter president advised its officers to read the chapter bylaws and standing rules.
  •  [Language copied from SDA’s white paper template. In the last sentence, I switched out “recommended” for “advises.”] The contents of SDA White Papers are considered the opinion of the author.  SDA does not endorse any products or services mentioned, and SDA does not assume responsibility for any circumstances arising out of the interpretation, application, use or misuse of any information presented. SDA advises the reader to consult the appropriate legal, financial or human resource counsel before implementing information contained herein.
  • Let me give you some advice: Don’t sweat the small stuff. Just worry about what you can control within your circle of influence.
  • SDA members are tremendous source of information, and they can offer business advice in the areas of HR, finance, project management, marketing, and general office administration.
  • I need your advice on the projector you think we should buy for the office.




Judy Beebe, FSDA is a member of the SDA National Membership

Committee and serves as the 2019-2020 Seattle Chapter Vice President.

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Welcome to Our Newest SDA Members

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 8, 2019
Updated: Monday, April 8, 2019

Please join us in welcoming our newest SDA members:

First Name Last Name Firm Chapter
Erika McClain DLR Group Portland
Kathleen Monaghan Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, LLP New York
Donna Savely Savely Healthcare Architects, Inc. Orange County
Jenna Selitto Gensler Dallas
Patty Sprecco HBG Design San Diego
Celeste Urrutia Calliston RTKL Dallas


Be sure to connect with our newest members on SocialLink and encourage them to join in our many discussions!

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