- On September 1, 2015
What is your view of ‘networking’?
- A distasteful task of trading favors with strangers?
- Attending business meetings and conferences and collecting business cards?
- Something you avoid at all costs?
If so, you are not alone. Lots of professionals view ‘networking’ as one of the most dreaded activities, maybe second only to public speaking.
Maybe a shift in perspective is needed…
What if you re-define the expectations and intent of NETWORKING to–Creating Mutually Beneficial Relationships.
From my own experience, when I have been at my wit’s end for an idea or a contact, I have reached out to my network. Someone—or many–ALWAYS comes through for me. I have solved problems, generated new ideas, and booked new clients when I have actively engaged with my network. And when I don’t? I am one person trying to figure something out that seems insurmountable. I strive to be as responsive to my network’s needs as they have been to me.
Networking is what separates effective leaders from functional experts and is perhaps THE most essential skill for rising up the ladder of increasing responsibility and achieving personal, professional, or organizational goals.
Women in Technology (WIT) of Metro DC is hosting a fabulous event on 9/17/2015 focused on building and refining networking skills.
Here’s what we heard from our WIT members:
“Everyone says to ’network’ but what does that really mean?”
“I joined the group to meet people and I really haven’t met anyone.”
“I’m too busy in my job to network.”
“Networking is for people who are looking for a job.”
At this interactive café style event, participants will leave more confident and focused on achieving results through networking. We’ll explore three aspects that will increase your confidence and enjoyment of networking: The 7 Fundamental Skills; Designing a Plan; Evaluating Your Network. Every person who attends will have the opportunity to connect with at least 15 others, finding common ground around this relevant and timely topic. The event is open to WIT members and interested guests. Click here for more info and to register.
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