We all know that networking is important and necessary to be successful. However, most of us aren’t comfortable talking to people we don’t know. The purpose of networking is about connecting. Authentic relationships are built on trust and respect, giving and receiving, and mutual added value. Creating a true connection and developing a lasting connection takes time and skill. Learn how to overcome your fears of networking and start conversations with ease. You’ll discover new tools so you can increase your confidence, and stop dreading networking and become a “Master Connector.”
Learning Highlights and Outcomes:
- Body Language Do’s and Don’ts
- Introduction Makeover
- Conversation Starters
- What your Handshake Reveals About You
- How to Enter a Room
- Business Card Etiquette
- Gender Specifics in Protocol
- The Power of Gratitude
Bonus Handout: 5 questions to ask anyone, anywhere
Hot Tip: The whole purpose of networking is to create authentic connections and to develop relationships. Preparing for the event is what will decrease your fears so you can relax, be authentic and create a connection. Here’s 5 tips to help you:
- Find out who is attending, when you show up in the know it’s much easier to strike up a conversation.
- Have a goal to meet at least one new person.
- Prepare your introduction and at least one question to get the conversation started.
- Choose your wardrobe the night before so you’ll feel confident, plus this will remove the excuse for not attending.
- Have your business cards with you.
About Peggy Vasquez: Peggy Vasquez works with administrative professionals, managers, human resource individuals, and conference planners. She provides coaching and training for administrative professionals to improve their communication, partnerships, and professionalism so they can make more money, get more work done and be happier at work on a daily basis. Peggy is an international speaker, author and coach. Peggy has been the Chief Executive Assistant at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory since 2005.