The next time that you go to an event, be focused on key individuals. Center your conversations around building relationships and identifying superstars to enhance your networking endeavors. Answers these few questions to get the ball rolling!
1. Who do I want to meet at this event?
2. Do I know the right questions to ask to prospect these individuals?
3. How can I be useful or valuable to this person?
4. How does this person fit into my existing network(s)?
5. What is the best way to follow up after the event?
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We are quickly approaching "half time" and 2014 is half way done. How is your networking coming along? Are you closer to attaining your goals? Or, have you reached your goals and need to create new ones? Do not fall into a mid-year crisis! Continue to be focused, consistent and diligent in your networking endeavors. Show commitment and desire to succeed and make others successful.
I offer good tips and practical insight for developing, defining, designing and devoting energy to your goals. Taking the time and initiative to map out clear and specific goals for your networking will definitely motivate you!
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Networking involves more than just attending events and paying club memberships. It is more than just handing out business cards and selling. It is more than just "working" the room and self promotion. It is involves growing, developing and maintaining a true network.
We operate in networks. We communicate, both verbally and non-verbally, on a regular basis. So, why not use these skills to create a dynamic support system for success?? At your next networking event, have a specific plan for building a strong network. Be prepared, focused and aware. Last but not least, follow up with your contacts for making good connections!
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The Champion Networker (Chi Chi Okezie) is a diversity and networking influencer known for her infusion of culture, history, language, arts and entertainment into her training and events.