Networking can be so multi-dimensional, even in the realm of personality types. In this article, I focus on three specific personality types to avoid or handle with caution at events. It is important to be kind and show good manners but at the same time, do not be detoured in your networking agenda. I offer excellent tips for navigating around these characteristics without losing your sight for networking success!
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The SIMPLEnetworking Tip of the week is personalize your follow up. Yes, it is important to follow up quickly and in a timely manner with a call to action. But take a few more minutes to personalize your follow up message. Make it genuine, authentic and unique to the receiver. Mention something of shared interest. Be intentional and show that you were paying attention to details!
Just like your physical body, your networking needs fitness and maintenance as well. How do you strengthen your networking muscles? Do you exercise your communication skills both verbal and non-verbal? Do you workout your physical appearance and make sure you are up to par at events? Do you tone your relationships to fit your networking endeavors? Great questions to get you started on your journey to healthy networking!
The SIMPLEnetworking Book was my first published masterpiece of 50 top effective networking tips. I take the reader through five chapters of how to navigate the most trickiest of situations...landing on top! The chapter have play on play words and my favorite is R.S.V.P. A French term meaning: Repondez s'il vous plait (respond as it pleases you) but in my networking world it means: Remembering SIMPLEnetworking Values People.
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The SN Tip of the week is get more leads. Yes, my focus for the month of September is Networking Leads. As mentioned before, getting leads can "lead" to big networking success. Make sure you have a reasonable and moderate approach. Make sure you know your target audience and ask the right questions to get the proper lead generation.
This month, my networking focus in on leads. It is a very under utilized component of networking. Leads can generate a larger network of contacts or more opportunities. It can position you for more business through formal and informal introductions. There is an art to getting leads. It is all in the asking!
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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.