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I began a new job (HOORAY!!), and I really want to improve my networking skills as a way to become better at my job and expand on my freelance writing escapades. Therefore, I attended a networking seminar to master this skill. I ended up learning about myself and the art of true business.

For that reason, I asked permission to post the presentation outline of the event right here on Word Press. This way, all of you can learn from the session too.

No Fear Networking

Presenter:

Jason Jordan

StandOUT Communications

(www.standout-comm.com)

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Job Searching in 2012

  • —Resume Posting
  • Job Boards (Monster, Indeed, etc.)
  • Corporate Sites
  • —Social Networking
  • —Blogging
  • —Job Fairs
  • —Networking events
  • —Elevator Speech and Networking

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—Networking Step One

  • —Identify Your Sphere of Influence
  • People you used work with—especially former bosses
  • Family and friends
  • Former clients and vendors (from past work)
  • People you do business with now
  • Networking Step One
  • —Reestablish Contact with Your Sphere of Influence
  • LinkedIn or FaceBook are great for first contact.
  • Let’s re-connect!  How have you been?
  • Call them!!
  • Give them your update. Keep it positive!
  • Networking Step One
  • —Get Referrals
  • Do your research online first.
  • Don’t ask for a job, ask for a contact.
  • Be specific: company, industry or field.
  • Get them to call their contact on your behalf.

—Activity:  What product have your purchased or thing that you have done recently got you really excited?

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—Your Elevator Pitch

  • “Let’s go around the room and introduce yourself.”
  • Keep it short:  30 seconds.
  • Avoid industry jargon.
  • Give everyone a CLEAR idea of what you can do, and what you are looking for.
  • Give a short example of something amazing you did recently.

—Activity:  Your 30 Second (or less) commercial, or the greatest accomplishment in your career.

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Now, DITCH THE PITCH!

  • —Answer the question, “So, what do you do?”
  • —Making a REAL personal connection.
  • —Inspires conversation.
  • —Gets to the heart of what you do.
  • —Be ready for the next question as well.
  • —Look for opportunities to start new connections.

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—Netweaving as a Life Skill

  • —84% Success Rate, according to “What Color is Your Parachute?”
  • —Avoid EVER finding yourself in this situation again
  • —It is much more fulfilling and FUN
  • —How far can you take it?

——Activity:  Create your network poster with your name, name of your company and position, 3 good local friends, neighbors, or family members, and where they work. Then, hang your poster on the wall and stay there

—Taking it to the Streets

  • Where do I go from here?
  • Toastmasters.org
  • Get involved in your Church
  • Volunteer your time (what do you believe in?)
  • Chamber of Commerce mixers in your area
  • North County Times Event Calendars
  • Question:  What are you doing to meet people?
  • Meetup.com

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