We’re putting together a networking event for September, and we want your input to help us make it as big and valuable as it can possibly be.
The way we look at it, virtually everyone on the planet would be better off if they networked more effectively. We are all looking for something, and if we could get just a little better at building relationships with other people and talking with people about what we’re after, we could get closer to what we’re looking for. Because the more people know about us and know what we’re up to, the more possibility we create.
So we want to create an event for as many people — and as many different kinds of people — as possible.
We want people who are looking for clients, people who are looking to get hired, people who are looking to hire or recruit, people who are looking for volunteers for their nonprofit organization, people who are looking for advice or resources or… just about anything.
At this event, we’re going to help people get clear about:
- How to talk about yourself so that people understand who you are and what you do
- How to talk about what you’re after, so that they get how they can help you
- How to network, so that people like you, and want relationships with you, and want to help you
And then we’re going to give people time to network with each other, putting into practice all of the stuff we just talked about.
We’ve done this event publicly many times over the years.
And we’ve done it privately, inside of businesses and nonprofits that want their team members to get better at networking with prospects, clients, and strategic alliances.
We’ve also done it inside of organizations that have a mandate for their members to network: Professional associations, Chambers of Commerce, Alumni Associations, Dislocated worker agencies, Business schools.
Now we’re looking to take it to the next level.
- We’re talking to all of the Chambers throughout a county to join forces around a single event.
- We’re looking at getting a hosting venue involved, so they can benefit from the exposure.
- We’ll be inviting business schools to send their graduating students and their alumni.
- We’ll be talking to dislocated worker agencies to send their professionals who are in between opportunities to participate.
- We’ll be talking to the media to get the word out about this, because this isn’t just designed to help individuals, it’s designed to contribute to the community
We’re doing this to mix it up, to make some noise, and to make a difference with the community. We want to show as many people as possible that they can create new possibilities for themselves by leading productive conversations with anybody.
We want to remind people how uniquely valuable face-to-face networking is, because it’s all about creating meaningful, human relationships with people who know people.
And now we’re looking for your help.
We want your ideas about how to make this even bigger and better.
Who should we invite to participate? What kinds of companies should send their team members? What organizations should be involved in this? Who can benefit from having their people get better at representing themselves and the business they work for and the organizations they support?
Tell us what you would have us do to optimize the value of the attendees. How much time should be spent learning how to network better? How much time should be provided in the actual networking practice? What would you have happen?
If you could design the ideal networking experience for yourself, what would it look like?
We’re excited to hear what you have to share.
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