Networking does not always have to involve selling, prospecting or gaining leads. It can be a tool for building quality relationships and learning new and exciting things.
In this article, I focus on the art of storytelling to enhance your connectivity with others. Sharing an experience, a value or a new idea can spark meaningful dialogue. It can uncover commonalities, shared interests and passions.
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I had the opportunity to host a networking session for the Emory Atlanta Young Alumni at General Assembly in Ponce City Market, Atlanta, GA.
In the session, attendees were able to polish their networking approach and build their communication skills. I discussed branding and led a conversation on Networking Do's and Don'ts.
Networking is a critical and many times overlooked aspect of professional development. Being able to connect with individuals or companies offers leverage in shaping your career, academics and business goals.
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The SN Tip of the week is focus on your physical brand. Pay attention to the clothes you wear. Your image can promote professionalism, confidence and credibility. Be mindful of how you present yourself to others.
Use this SN Tip to make a great first impression!
Whether you are reading it for the first time or need a refresher, grab a hold of the SIMPLEnetworking Book! It is filled with 50 effective tips for networking. Learn how to build your credibility, follow up properly, value others and grow your networks!
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In my 2nd networking book, I tackle the most common networking dilemmas. The chapters outline effective ways of navigating a transition, common networking personalities and various obstacles. The main point is to be intentional in your networking objectives. Create a network which supports and advocates for you and vice versa!
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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.