December is here; it’s party time! For those of you still working, the holiday gatherings are a perfect opportunity to strengthen your professional network. And for those of us who aren’t, festive holiday soirees present opportunities for meeting potential new business partners or investors, volunteer contacts, friends or dates. It’s all good.
Nancy Collamer, M.S., career coach, speaker and author of Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit From Your Passions During Semi-Retirement offers 8 ideas for networking success in Next Avenue.
Talk less, listen more is first because “Kathleen Brady, a career coach and author of Get A Job! 10 Steps to Career Success, says there are hidden benefits to being the inquisitor. ‘Asking questions that are ‘other focused’ allows you to uncover who might be in a position to help you,’ she says.’It also allows you to begin to build rapport and establish relationships.”’
Avoid touchy subjects needs no explanation. Keep it low-key, avoiding a “full-court networking press” is another good one not only for job hunters but people looking for a romantic interest. Including spouses and children in your conversations is not only good manners, but could be surprisingly valuable as well.
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