Monday night, my class of 2014 got to put all that we’ve learned about networking to work. We had a community-networking event at Ivar’s Salmon House sitting right along Lake Union. Not only were the views of the lake beautiful, but the conversations were amazing. It was great getting to meet with so many business leaders, alumni from the program, and community members at the event. Networking is vital in the field of business; as the old saying goes “more than half the business work takes place on the golf course,” these events are the modern day golf courses. I found being able to put to practice what I’ve learned from Daniel in our Professional Development classes so wonderful, but that is what this program does; it lets you apply everything to real life situations!
I know I had a great time at the event! For you reading, if you ever have a networking event that you’re invited to, GO! Some things you learn by practice, and this is definitely one of them. But before you go, I have some pointers that I’ve learned. Seeing that I am the type of person who likes to be told what not to do rather than what to do, here are three things that I’d say don’t do to get the most of your networking event:
- Only talking to the people you came with. You may really love your friends company, but you can always talk to your friends. And, how many times are you going to meet these esteemed business leaders?
- Waiting for someone to approach you. Life is made up of choices that you have to make because life is all about what you make of it. You never need to wait for someone to approach you; go put yourself out there! (Honestly, what is the worst that can happen? It’s better than nothing happening by standing alone on the sidelines.)
- Staying on your phone the whole time. This is a hard one, seeing that we live in a technology driven age. (I mean you might even be reading this on your phone). If you stay on your phone the entire time, you will miss the entire event, and it will make people not want to talk to you by your acting that you have something much more important for your attention, which hello Facebook , Twitter, and Snapchat will still be on your phone after the event.
It may have been most of my classmates first time at networking mixer like this, but by looking at us, you never could have been able to tell because we followed those three things of what not to do. With all that said, you just have to take advantage of all the opportunities that are thrown your way! I know after attending the first networking event of the year that I cannot wait for the next one!
Until next time!