Why project managers should attend ALL kinds of networking events

Podcast 115 – Why attending non-project management events is important

Project managers should attend ALL kinds of networking events

In this podcast, Terri speaks to Elise Stevens about why project managers should attend all kinds of networking events – not just ones about project management.

When Terri Cooper first started business networking she could barely summon the courage to walk into the room. Now, she runs a networking empire!

Terri understands networking doesn’t come naturally to everyone, which is why she teaches networking skills to those who need a bit of encouragement.

She runs networking events across south-east Queensland that are specifically designed so attendees feel relaxed and comfortable.

Points raised in this podcast:

  • Getting outside of your usual networking group can open your eyes.
  • It can be easy to get caught up in the politics of your own industry.
  • Other industries are likely facing similar issues to yours and could have solutions you hadn’t considered.
  • When you speak to someone, you’re also opening yourself up to everyone they know. It’s impossible to predict the outcomes of a short conversation, so be sure to follow up.
  • Practice saying yes to networking invitations. Just go.
  • There has been a proliferation of new networking groups in the last couple of years. Have another look at what’s going on in your area.
  • LinkedIn isn’t about simply setting up a profile and never looking at it again. Keep up the engagement.
  • Ask friends and colleagues what networking events they attend.
  • The local chamber of commerce can also help you get connected.
  • Networking is about telling and giving – not selling.
  • Like most things, you get out what you put in.
  • Nothing is ever gained by not taking a step forward.
  • Consider a topic that has nothing to do with your line of work. Sometimes the last thing you want to talk about is what you do every day. Consider a networking event related to something you’re passionate about.
  • Remember while you’re talking, you’re not learning.

Ready to get out there? Visit Terri’s website to find a networking event near you or connect with Terri on LinkedIn.

Need more convincing? Listen to Elise and digital marketing guru Ray Milidoni discuss the importance of networking!

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