In my latest online networking article, I challenge my readers and subscribers to network their identity. I encourage them to tell stories and connect with others from their background or history. I also employ them to talk about their upbringing, educational and ethnic backgrounds. There may be common ground shared and overlapping networks!
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In order to win in the game of networking, it is imperative that you set measurable goals. What is your target? What do you hope to achieve? What is your time? How do you plan to celebrate your success? These are important questions to ponder as you set these goals!
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The SN Tip for the week is challenge your networking skills! Whether it is creating an airtight elevator pitch, or asking great and engaging questions or picking the right networking events. Be able to optimize every opportunity and make the most of your networking!
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I am so honored and privileged to have recently received the Campus Life Alumni Volunteer of the Year! It came as a total surprise but I gladly welcome the award and recognition. I am also thankful for the opportunity to serve and volunteer for my alma mater in any capacity that I can. Of course, volunteering is an excellent means of networking, meeting new people, building the community and being purposeful!
Does your networking fall under certain conditions? Are you specific in how you reach out and communicate with others? Do you have a type of flow which resonates with your brand and actions? If so, then you have networking conditions and terms for operating for success. This is an awesome way to brand yourself, be in the spotlight and measure your success.
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The SN Tip of the week is to find common ground. Do not leave your networking up to chance. Ask good questions and listen closely to see what interests are shared. Do you have similar core values with your networking counterpart? Are you members of similar organizations? Do you have similar work experiences? This can totally bridge the gap and get the relationship rolling!
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Past the initial networking event, a savvy networker still need to sharpen their networking skills and directions. The best thing is to consultant with a trained networking expert. There are tons of benefits from these types of one-on-one consultations. First and foremost, you are held accountable. Second you can create a plan and strategy around your networking endeavors. Not to mention, it builds your professionalism and brand.
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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.