Going to a networking event can be a great way to make contacts, form new ventures and meet like-minded people. Then again, it can also be the quickest way to derail your career and a profitable future.
This webinar will cover every aspect of networking from start to finish and transform you into a savvy and successful networker. You will discover how to prepare in advance so that you aren’t left wondering what to do or say. You will understand why your arrival and departure time are of critical importance.
You will learn how to begin and end conversations, and how to get other people to talk endlessly about themselves while judging you to be a fascinating conversationalist. You'll come to know what statements and questions can stimulate a conversation. You'll discover ways to be a conversation starter as well as how to avoid becoming a conversation killer.
You'll also learn how to introduce yourself and other people with confidence and ease. In addition you'll find out how to handle that dreaded moment when someone whose name you have completely forgotten approaches to engage you in conversation.
Other skills shared in this session include how to juggle eating and drinking while mixing and mingling, how to decide what to wear in order to create a positive professional appearance and how to follow up after the event. Probably, most importantly, you'll learn how to pick which events to attend so that you make the highest and best use of your valuable time and effort.
Does the word "networking"strike fear into your heart? Would you rather have a root canal than have to walk into a room full of strangers and be expected to make small talk with, at the very least, a third of those people? Do you feel awkward walking up to individuals you don't know, have never even seen before in your life, and introducing yourself?
Do you wonder how to approach others who are already engrossed in conversation? Are you worried that you are being an interruption? What if those people make it obvious that they aren't the least bit interested in talking to you?
Maybe you're hungry and there's a big bountiful buffet table filled with all sorts of inviting hors d'oeuvres. Is it acceptable to head straight for the refreshments? What about that open bar? You've had a long day and would love to have a nice glass of wine. Should you go for the wine first before you attempt to mingle? If you decide to get a drink and a small plate of food, how are you going to juggle those two things while you try to work the room? And, good grief, what if you just plopped a big juicy stuffed mushroom in your mouth at the exact moment that a total stranger decides to approach you? Now what?
The fear of networking events is not usually a single focus. It's not just about talking to strangers, knowing how to introduce yourself, and getting other people to talk to you. It also involves being confident about what subjects are appropriate and safe in a business setting. Are you worried that you won't sound interesting or maybe that you'll get stuck with one person unable to exit the conversation?
Do you know the best times to arrive as well as when it's okay to take your leave? What, if anything, should you do to prepare for the event? How will know you what to wear in a world where not everyone wears the same thing to work? Contemplating the challenges of networking can make your head spin and your stomach churn.
If any of these scenarios strike a chord with you, then you need this course. The answers to all your fears will be provided in a clear and concise format by a trainer with 30 years of experience dealing with these issues. At the end of the hour, you will approach your next networking event with confidence and poise.