The Quiet Side of NetworkingThe Quiet Side of Networking Image

Networking situations cause people to stress out over what should be said. But networking doesn’t mean doing all of the talking.

The world abounds with free and interesting information if you just take the time to be seriously curious and listen. Writer Fran Lebowitz says, “The opposite of talking isn’t listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.”

Unfortunately, many people act that way in conversations—impatiently waiting instead of listening. The goal of listening during networking is to get your partner to elaborate. This enables you to learn more and work to build a relationship.

Continue reading “The Quiet Side of Networking”

Be a Networking Pro

  Be a Networking Pro Image

Spring and summer bring a tidal wave of opportunities for conferences, workshops and meetings.

Networking isn’t just showing up and handing out your business cards. Effective networkers know that being good at this skill is an art.

With all of the demands on our professional and personal lives, it is easy to assign a lower priority to networking. When in fact, networking is essential for development, advancement and personal fulfillment.

Continue reading “Be a Networking Pro”

Your Network Window of Opportunity

  Networking Image

The number one way to connect both inside and outside your company is by networking. Expanding your network is important for professional growth and development.

The key, of course, is establishing relationships in a wide variety of areas and industries.

In “How to Quick Start Networking Conversations”, by Ilise Benun, the author identifies behaviors that can lead to positive networking experiences.

Continue reading “Your Network Window of Opportunity”