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6 Common Traps to Avoid at Networking Events

by Ginny Hogan Networking events are the watering holes of the professional world.  They’re where connections are made, opportunities are discovered, careers are shaped, and free snacks are had.  However, just like any social gathering, there are unspoken rules-faux pas that can turn a potential career elevator into a free-fall.  To avoid stepping on it, […]

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Words That Sell & Words That Don’t

DO SAY:   “Imagine” – “Imagine” allows them to visualize themselves using the product, being successful, winning. DON’T SAY:   “Show You How” – “Let me show you how”, when used four times or more on any call throughout the sales cycle, drops close rate by 13%. DO SAY:   Use Case Verbiage – Talk about the valuable […]

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Learn to Love Networking

by Francesca Gino, Maryam Kouchaki, and Tiziana Casciaro “I hate networking.” We hear this all the time from executives, other professionals, and MBA students. They tell us that networking makes them feel uncomfortable and phony—even dirty. Although some people have a natural passion for it—namely, the extroverts who love and thrive on social interaction—many understandably […]

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Be an ACTIVE Listener

Make EYE CONTACT FACE the speaker IGNORE distractions NOD your head FOCUS on what is being said WAIT for the speaker to stop before speaking TELL THE SPEAKER if you do or don’t understand REPEAT BACK what you heard ASK questions  

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Prospecting Voicemail Dont’s

Playing “pretend” Pretending you have called before when you haven’t is just weird.  And is usually pretty transparent.  Don’t do it.  Instead, do some research so you have a value proposition from the beginning. Oops…didn’t mean to say all that It’s important to map out your message in advance.  Otherwise, you could hang up without […]

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Why Networking is Important

IT HELPS FIND OPPORTUNITIES : Find out about the people you are with and see how you can help them. You never know where it might lead. IT’S EXPECTED: Today, everyone is expected to meet new people and under the market.  It’s expected that you will network as a part of your role as a […]

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Tips to Improve Your Networking Skills

Here are some steps to improving your networking skills: 1. Practice improving communication habits Improve your networking skills by practicing good communication habits. For instance, you could nod your head in understanding or agreement when possible or appropriate. Use simple, straightforward language, ask questions and invite opinions. 2. Ask friends for constructive feedback Consider asking […]

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Networking Tip

Simply be yourself, be friendly and positive.  Go expecting to make new acquaintances, not hunting for business. Let your enthusiasm for your business bubble out so people can’t help but wonder about you. Be genuine and authentic.  Ask sincere questions of the people you meet, and learn about them. Be curious and interested in people […]

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Managing Your Emotions at Work

Don’t take immediate action; give yourself time to cool down. Ask for clarification before reacting. Don’t gossip about the situation, it will only escalate. Focus on the positive and figure ways to improve the situation. Be respectful when dealing with the person causing the problem.

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