Tis the Season to Network!
Holiday parties and social events offer great networking opportunities that are oftentimes overlooked. We are more likely to see people in social settings during the holidays and this helps with building important relationships. Before you head off to your next holiday party have a plan! Be prepared to ask questions, share your elevator pitch, and use introductions as a segue for a future meeting.
Need some networking tips and advice to help you navigate holiday parties and events with ease? Check out these blog posts:
Professional networking can seem like a scary prospect. After all, it’s the most crucial aspect of a successful career: so many opportunities are based more on who you know rather than what you know. Thus, being aware of the real impacts of networking just makes the whole prospect all the more intimidating, especially if you haven’t gotten much of a start on making professional contacts. But sitting still and not taking action because you feel scared or intimidated isn’t going to help your career at all.
Professional networking can be challenging in so many ways. Growing and maintaining a network also present two distinct challenges. But many people think of networking as a stiff and awkward interaction where the end goal is to get a job or gig, and this causes a lot of painful or forgettable conversations for all parties involved. Networking efforts also may not necessarily have an immediate payoff, but rather the start of professional relationships that have potential to grow over time and provide the opportunity to share knowledge and skills
On April 25, 2017, Executive Coach Jill Windeslspecht led our eCoaching event, discussing the power of networking and why it is so crucial. Here are some key takeaways from the discussion with Jill Windeslspecht. Networking is one of the most important skills in any working professional’s toolkit. Stepping out of your comfort zone and interacting with complete strangers isn’t always an easy task, and for some it could be terrifying. Once you get past the fear of the unknown, the benefits and opportunities that networking creates are priceless.
Professional networking is crucial to building a successful career. This is true no matter what your education level is, the industry/profession you are in or seeking to go into, and whether you work for yourself or would like to access the higher echelons of employers.
There’s a saying that goes, “Your network is your net worth.” There’s definitely a ring of truth to this statement. Getting that dream job or lucrative gig can be chalked up to being in the right place at the right time, or rather because of who you know rather than what you know.
On April 11th, 2017, Dr. Jessica Vera, author, and entrepreneur, led our eCoaching event, with over 400 eCoaching attendees, to discuss the power of networking and why it is so crucial. Here are some key takeaways from Dr. Vera’s discussion.