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Networking Events, Part 2

Posted by iammarchhare on 11 August 2009

So, yesterday, I wrote in Networking Events, Part 1 about some of the downside of networking events.  And yet, most of them really are positive overall.

For one thing, all network events, even staged ones, give you an opportunity to network.  That may seem obvious, but it surprises me how many people don’t get out there and do it!  Whether you are looking for your next job or your next contract opportunity, go!  Even if you aren’t looking, go!  You never know when you’ll be forced to, even if you are comfortable where you are.

Next, even though I ragged a lot about the etiquette presentation, there were more good hints than silly ones.  For example, I’ve never really thought about what side I put a name tag on.  In the Army, it was a given that the “US Army” was over your heart and your name was on the right.  However, since becoming a civilian, I usually put a name tag on the left because I am right handed.  However, when you shake someone’s hand, they will be looking at your right side, not your left, so it helps someone to remember your name if the name tag is on your right.

See if you can answer these questions:

  • What do you first do with a business card when you receive one?
  • Is networking about quantity or quality?
  • If a call gets dropped in the middle of a conversation, whose responsibility is it to call?
  • What are some ways you can keep a conversation going if you feel stuck?

If you don’t know the answer, then try an event put on by one of the consulting/contracting/recruiting firms in your area.  TEKSystems has some going on.  Don’t forget that some local PMI chapters are doing networking events as well.

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