This month, my networking focus is: RSVP. This is a French term: Repondez, s'il vous plait, meaning respond please. But in this article, I highlight the overlooked benefits of making a RSVP for an event. I offer clever ways to leverage your RSVP to connect with the host organization before the event and make your endeavors known and accepted. Do not underestimate the power of your RSVP!
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The SN Tip of the week is master the art of a graceful exit. Most of the time, savvy networkers focus on making a good introduction but never a good exit. This is an excellent way to make a good and lasting first impression. It also shows professionalism and good manners.
Networking name tags can be a useful and connecting tool at events. Whether you create your own or one is offered by the host organization, it can create lots of benefits! First and foremost, it can be an icebreaker. Reading someone's name, title, organization can jumpstart good networking conversations. Just make sure to wear your name tag on the right side of your lapel.
For those of you introverts who want to take your networking up a notch, consider hosting your own networking event. This can give you an opportunity to broaden your networking base, step out of your comfort zone and make a little $$ in the process. Of course it may help to partner with another savvy networker or event planner so that your event is on point.
Let me know of successful and not-so-successful events you have hosted in the past!
The Champion Networker (Chi Chi Okezie) is a networking, diversity and inclusion influencer known for infusing culture, history, language, arts and entertainment into her company's training and events.