Start your week on the right "networking" foot with this tip! If you are connecting with others online, take time to view their profiles, websites, blogs etc. to find overlapping networks, shared interests or valuable content matter. Use this as a jump off for asking questions, referrals, leads etc. It is just a good way to keep the conversation going and build relations.
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Just because you are a student does not mean that you can not have an airtight networking game! First things first, get professional business cards along with a business card holder. Use the example above as a reference. Make your card a focal point in conversations. Draw upon different aspects of your course, concentration, major or what you are currently studying. Include internship, co-op or useful job experiences in your discussion. This is a super way to break the ice and uncover shared interests.
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Chi Chi Okezie blogs as the Champion Networker, giving her keen insights on proper networking practices.