The SN Tip is to ask good and engaging questions at events. Use this time in your conversation to be memorable by listening and making good dialogue. Draft questions ahead of the event so that you are prepared. Ask questions which uncover shared interests and networks. Create questions which involve more than just a "yes' or "no" answer. Let your questions reflect your brand and market your skills and abilities.
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Research indicates that people can access, evaluate, make judgment and size you up in 7 seconds or less of initially meeting you. When it comes to networking, that means you need to be on point and have an airtight networking approach!
Here are some quick tips to follow:
1. Make eye contact.
2. Look comfortable (be relaxed).
3. Have a firm handshake.
4. Wear your name tag on the right side.
5. Know how to introduce yourself or join into a conversation.
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One good blog post deserves another! As a faithful and fabulous follower of the Pinkklipstick blog, styling, fashion and make up blog, one of the latest posts highlighted this extravagant movement: Beautiful in Every Shade. This unique campaign celebrates diversity and brings an intentionally mixed group of people together for moments of transformation and shared discovery. As a way of engaging communities, schools, congregations, businesses and/or non-profits that want a way to positively foster dialogue and build bridges within their own communities/organizations. The group establishes partnerships with professional photographers around the country to partner with said organizations to host our Open Shoots.
Of course, this is a fantastic way to incorporate networking, building relationships and making connections. Being culturally, ethnically and socially minded are excellent values to promote!
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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.