Invite people to a networking event and many will find any excuse not to go. Images fill our minds of people exchanging business cards and elevator pitches over cold canapes and warm wine. Many feel uncomfortable approaching strangers, struggle to know what to say or lack the confidence to talk to senior people.
Yet strong networks provide a foundation for a successful career and events are a key tool in helping us to build those networks and deepen the relationships within them.
How then, can we overcome our hesitation, enjoy networking events and ensure that they are productive?
In a brand new interactive presentation, Andy Lopata will explore the networking mindset, looking at what you need to think about to get the most out of your networking. You wont just learn from Andys presentation, youll network throughout, putting Andys suggestions into action.
Andy's 'The Networking Mindset' networking event was fascinating. I've been to loads of networking events over the years which are always full of people who don't quite know why they're there.... myself included. Really enjoyed it, and would highly recommend.
Nicholas Harkin, Head of Risk & Governance at Close Brothers Retail Finance
You created a nice WARM atmosphere and at the same time you kept the tension alive : the one we can experience when we are networking (a bit anxious, talking about yourself, wanting to be somewhere else ...) We could FEEL that members were building a rapport with you. So it was not Facilitator and Audience but an interactive dynamic. Not only because of the activities but because of the way you were interacting with us - A bit difficult to describe but it felt as if you were part of the game, yet facilitating the event, providing some "theory" but along with the practice. I liked this very much - not often the case.
Instead of using facilitating, maybe I would say that you were harmonising our experience, putting words on it so that we can understand what is going on at our end, and then giving advice, tips. So the bit in the middle is what made your approach different from a lot of networking sessions I have attended!
There was no feeling of lecturing at all... which is also rare considering that you have written books. You never retrench in your knowledge. I would describe this as your ability of being present in what's going on... You work with "what is going on right now" not what you have in your books... not to say you don't use it but it is not your starting point.
One thing I need to repeat because it was particularly good : the transition between all activities were very smooth. As an audience we don't experience "breaks".
So Andy a big THANK YOU!I
Armelle Cressent, Women in Banking and Finance Networks