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May 20, 2014 Transcript of #CommsChat on networking

Last week on #CommsChat we spoke about the value of business relationships and shared networking tips. We agreed that quality, valuable relationships are far more important than a stack of business cards from acquaintances.

  • @SFerika My best advice is genuinely listen to the people you connect with and think, “How can I help?” not just WIIFM
  • @AdamFairclough Don’t like the term ‘networking’ – lots of negative connotations. Much prefer thinking of it simply as meeting people!
  • @SandyLindsay In PR having a superb network (not necessarily huge but engaged and mutually supportive) can be a massive asset.
  • @LeavUrImge2FDP T2: Strong networks mk online job boards look like “searching thru a newspaper.” Strong/divrse networks = results

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  1. Catch up with on for recaps of past chats in the meantime though. Now get out there and network!

  2. my top tips for networking would be: smile, be yourself & get involved!I’ve met some great people through networking

  3. We’re off next week for the bank holiday (my there are a lot of those in May aren’t there!?) But we’ll see you on 2 June

  4. ah good point the role of the twitterchat in networking – been fun as always

  5. We’re winding down here on and it’s been an enlightening hour *networking* with you all!

  6. Exactly! Consider how important human-to-human marketing is for brands right now – we should live by it!

  7. Best advice? Enjoy the chance to meet a great group of people. Play the long game. Anything else is a bonus.

  8. true, someone who appears to be genuinely enjoying themselves will be far more approachable

  9. Try and enjoy meeting people, as in many other setups.

  10. Mine would have to be “Don’t stand by the food!” : )

  11. Never think of it as ‘networking’, think of it as a chance to meet people who give a damn about the same things you do

  12. be brave and less British. Networking can be scary and we’re often to polite to join groups or conversations

  13. simple – listen, be honest and have a good conversation. Anything beyond that is a bonus

  14. I’m starting to see that FB can be useful to maintain them too. Surprised.

  15. Last topic: What is your advice to yourself (or others) for the next time that you network?

  16. Meeting people with specialist skills, or that come from specialist industries, can only help your contact network

  17. I think it’s a good thing to network within a trade body, but it can be limiting if you ONLY network within a certain group

  18. That would depend what you wanted to achieve out of meeting said people, eg. sale lead, business contact, job opp etc

  19. yes me too 🙂 I try to keep my Facebook for just personal use.

  20. me too, I tend to save Facebook for personal use (non-work related)

  21. T5: How can networking with specific groups, trade bodies or types of people help? How can it be limiting?

  22. Hi guys, I’ve just seen some tweets withouth the tag. Plz make sure you include it!

  23. I find Twitter useful for maintaining connections, it can be more personal.

  24. making that effort to maintain relationships rather than letting them slide, social media makes this easier

  25. LinkedIn is brilliant for starting connections, but other platforms are better for maintaining.

  26. Ok on to T4: Is LinkedIn a passive form of networking or is it a revolutionary tool?

  27. Can we learn anything from Millenials when networking?

  28. I find other social networks are better at maintaining connections – LinkedIn good for starting them.

  29. A3: It sounds very dull and basic but Twitter and LinkedIn are good places to start – share ideas, links, views etc.

  30. LinkedIn is obviously a good one, but can it be a crutch when maintaining connections?

  31. networking outside of your industry could help create a diverse network and improve creative thinking

  32. T3: Millenials tend to stay connected to those they build relationships with. What resources can help maintain connections?

  33. found contacts come and go but there tend to be a core of proper (two-way) fans that are worth their weight in gold

  34. . And if you do everything suggested in Topic 1, it shouldn’t be so hard to build those relationships

  35. True! They could potentially bring new business opportunities, or access to skills not available within the company

  36. I agree with this, it’s the quality of the relationships you’ve built, not 1000 contacts in your phone

  37. T2: Strong networks mk online job boards look like “searching thru a newspaper.” Strong/divrse networks = results

  38. It’s really important – having a network of valuable contacts can make you valuable (maybe indispensable!) in a team

  39. In PR having a superb network (not necessarily huge but engaged and mutually supportive) can be a massive asset.

  40. Good point. If you’re a welder (or you know, an intern), maybe it’s not so important who you know.

  41. I agree – and it helps to have a network that can keep you informed and up to date

  42. The network someone brings with them to a company can be very important, perhaps it depends on the job role how important?

  43. Don’t like the term ‘networking’ – lots of negative connotations. Much prefer thinking of it simply as meeting people!

  44. T2: How does a person’s network influence hiring practice and career advancement? Can bldg a network help you get ahead?

  45. agreed. I was told: it’s more important to be interested than interesting (thankfully!)

  46. My mom always told me when I would go to a party “Don’t stand by the food!” Good advice for networking too

  47. the worst thing that people can do in a networking situation IMO is sell. Be interested and listen – wins every time!

  48. RT : They talk too much about themselves. Been guilty of this… >>key point is two way

  49. They talk too much about themselves. Been guilty of this…

  50. So what are some things that people do wrong? Do they overshare? Skip the small talk? Don’t skip the small talk?

  51. . Very true! Just saying it feels like you’re doing work when most often, networking is actually fun (and useful!)

  52. say hello and genuinely speak to them as an individual and person – build into relationships/friendships/connections

  53. the word ‘networking’ has negative connotations, it’s about building mutually beneficial relationships

  54. . any advice for those who are maybe unsure in a networking situation? How do you get to the conversation part?

  55. As for doing it wrong, that reminds me of the BizDev guy who wanted to grill me about my *former* employer. Endlessly.

  56. True! I’ve also been told to keep in mind the network that someone else has too, not just who they are/if they’re not relevant

  57. just have a chat – not unusual but don’t think of it as networking just conversation

  58. I think there can be a lack of follow up with networking, many people meet a person once and then don’t follow up on it

  59. My best advice is genuinely listen to the people you connect with and think, “How can I help?” not just WIIFM.

  60. be open and approachable. Listen. It’s not about selling! Not sure it matters where the name tag is!

  61. …apparently, when you shake hands (right hands) people will look at your name tag and remember your name. Subtle? Amazing.

  62. The most unusual (yet brilliant) advice I’ve been given is to wear my nametag on the right…

  63. Our first topic is: What unusual strategies are helpful when networking? What do people tend to do wrong?

  64. If you want to take part, please use tag (don’t just hit reply) so everyone can see your tweet. If it’s your first time, welcome!

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  67. Evening all and welcome to . It’s taking you from 8 to 9pm on tonight.

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