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Be strategic with your time

Be strategic with your time

When choosing which sessions to attend, consider this:

  • A session should fulfill either a content goal (should be educational) or
  • It should fulfill an interpersonal goal (you want to meet or support the person who is presenting).

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Talk less, listen more
  • Ask people to introduce themselves. Think of commonalities among group members and highlight those when you’re making introductions.
  • Ask thoughtful questions and listen carefully to how others respond. 
  • Having conversation starters at the ready can make small talk more palatable.

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Pre-introduce yourself

Think about the people you would like to get to know and then carve out time to accomplish that goal:

  • A few before the conference, make a 'priority wish list' of people you’d like to meet. 
  • Send those people an email introducing yourself and asking to meet; if possible, get an introduction from a mutual friend or colleague.

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Attending conferences
Conferences are overwhelming:  the rush of presentations, conversations, and potential meet-ups, and it can make it tough for you if you want to find focus.

But skipping them isn't the best solution: you’re missing out on the benefits of networking.

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Do:

  • Focus on how networking is good for your career
  • When choosing a sessions, consider whether you’ll learn something or meet someone new
  • Create networking situations where you feel comfortable.

Don’t:

  • Spend all of your time with coworkers you see every day.
  • Burn out. Give yourself time to rest and rejuvenate during the conference
  • Try to be someone you’re not.

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Change your mindset

See networking from a different perspective: You’re not just networking because you should; you’re doing it because it’s good for your career.

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Reframing the process

Most professionals know the value of networking, but due to time constraints, family obligations, or being introverts, they aren't able to build a network. 

The 4 strategies for people who have avoided networking in the past, to re-frame the process and enjoy it.

  • Understand networking
  • Identify trustworthy people
  • Recognize the pitfalls of lack of networking
  • Identify the vehicle of networking

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Why most training programs fail

Organizations spend a whopping $82.5 billion on training annually, or $1,111 per employee, according to Statista. But training is only successful if the learning is.

Most conferences and online seminars are focused on success during the session, without sufficient attention to what happens later.

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Being an introvert
Being an introvert has nothing to do with being shy.

All it means is that some people recharge when they are by themselves (introverts).

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