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