088: Ninja moves to grow your network with Dr. Laci Coppins Robbins

About Dr. Laci Coppins Robbins

Experience in the field of education and non-profit management offers the foundation for Dr. Laci Coppins Robbins’ career. She has served the local Milwaukee community and abroad through her visual practice, as well as, in her role as Executive Director for a local non-profit education company. In 2017 she and her husband founded Robbins’ Nest Consulting – an affiliate, Dr. Laci.com supports current and aspiring female leaders, to go from process to practice, through education and empowerment.


What’s the one thing you always do to prepare for the day ahead? (1:30)

“I have to stay organized if it is not on the calendar it does not exist… I like to have some quiet time before the house wakes, be able to meditate or pray, able to possibly get a workout in… and then I just dive into my daily reads…”


What gives you the drive and how do you stay motivated to keep doing this every day? (3:30)

“It was sitting in a meeting with the state department and looking around the room and not only was I one of the few women at the table, but I was also the only woman of color at the table. And this really sparked in me, like wow I have really go to do something about this…”


Coffee or Tea? (6:20)

“So here recently I am like addicted, and that’s a very strong word, but I believe it’s true, to Starbucks coconut milk mocha macchiato. That is like the best thing ever…”


Share with us one of your best networking stories (7:35)

“When it comes to networking, I see it as making money moves. Often times people they paralyze, they get fear because, how do I approach someone right. So, I like to think of myself as a connector, as opposed to the person seeking out to make the networks.”


How do you stay in front of your network or community? (10:40)

“The biggest thing that I always remind women that I’ve had a chance to consult with and some men that happen to slip in there once in a while as well, is you must be present. It's not enough for you to just meet the person, meet the individual. So, you have your pre-work, you have your network and you have your post work that takes place…”


What advice do you have for business professionals looking to grow their networks? (14:48)

“The biggest thing to consider is how you can leverage your connections, leverage the connections you already have that you may not realize are there, and use that leverage to build relationships…”


Digital networking or traditional networking? (18:35)

“You know it’s actually both because it really connects to what is your intention. You have to have a plan, you have to be intentional with what you do. And so, for myself, I will actually leverage the social aspect of networking to see who is going to be at the event, who is it that I want to be able to connect with, who do I follow up with…”


If you could go back 20 years, what would you tell yourself to do more or less of regarding your career? (20:45)

“I think the biggest thing I would tell myself is to explore more. I, after teaching one year jumped right back in and got my master’s in leadership. And you know when I look back I think maybe I should have waited a little bit longer. I should have considered some additional options…”


We’ve all heard of the 6 degrees of separation… Now, who would be the one person you’d love to connect with and do you think you could do it within the 6th degree? How would you start that journey? (21:40)

“I do not believe it exists. Especially in the space, we live in now, I am so quick to slide into the DMs, the direct message. And here’s a ninja move, that’s what I like to call it. For those people who are on twitter, and if you’re not on twitter shame on yourself. Go get on twitter now, it’s the easiest place to get a lot of information in a short amount of time especially if you're trying to catch up on your reading. But most times those higher-level people, they actually manage their own Twitter account…”


What book are you reading right now? (24:10)

“the first one is the war of art, I’m not sure if you are familiar with it, it’s by Steven Pressfield and it's for my fellow creatives out there. It pertains to anyone and its all about helping you to move past the roadblocks, get past the procrastination…”


Any final words of advice for our listeners? (29:14)

“think of every new contact as the opening of a door to a new network.”



You can get in contact with Dr. Laci at:

Find her on LinkedIn and http://www.drlaci.com/


Email her at info@drlaci.com