Gloria Petersen Shares Her Strategies for Building Your Networking Skills and Making Connections.
Which scenario sounds like you?
- The last thing you want to fit into your busy work week is a long, boring networking session with a group of people you don’t really know, where you stand around hoping someone will talk to you that actually has an interest in meeting you.
- You feel awkward walking into a room and trying to engage in conversation.
- You have a fear of rejection or feel you don’t fit in.
- You would rather rely on social media and hook up with people online, yet it feels less engaging and more time consuming than productive.
- You always leave with a bunch of business cards, but don’t know how to manage them.
Start by establishing a comfort zone with networking. Then, learn the strategies for ensuring successful interactions at networking events. Finally, realize that it is not just about you, it’s about connecting people and being a resource. Gloria Petersen approaches networking as a career management tool for connecting people. She acknowledges that there are many different personal styles of networking and, if all fails, she can give you pointers on how to start a networking group. It’s all about plugging in, connecting with people, and being a people connector. The person you help will remember your efforts and eventually help you.
Five Paths to Create Your Person-to-Person and Online Networks
Make it a win-win! Use Success Strategies for Networking in Person and Online as your guide. Gloria’s overall objective is to introduce newcomers (and old-timers) to all their options, take the awkwardness out of attending networking events, and help you design a networking model that achieves your goals.
- Determine the networking strategy that works for you, take a prospecting approach, and understand the value of being a people connector.
- Demonstrate that confidence makes all the difference! Develop a plan for overcoming social barriers, dilemmas, shyness, or faux pas; interact with self-assuredness; and be prepared in every detail.
- Set goals for your networking efforts and follow your plan, familiarize yourself with the types and styles of networkers, and then track, qualify, and follow up on connections.
- Create a strategy with social media, build your online presence and engage prospects comfortably, and protect yourself by creating a social media best practices manual.
- Know what it takes to start your own networking group or event, motivate yourself to take action, and learn from the pros how they created their empires.
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The strategies Gloria presents have been developed with the assistance of the Global Protocol advisory board and team of experts (from a diverse range of occupations and industries). Their opinions and contributions have ensured that the material is timeless, accurate, and useful. Cash in on the expertise of a professional mentor who will guide you step by step in developing and refining your professional persona and overall effectiveness.
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