Networking Skills Workshop CSIX Connect September 30: Learn How To Market Yourself Through Networking

Communicate your need.
State your goals.
Improve your networking skills.
eXchange Job leads.

CSIX’s mantra

Tuesday September 30 I will be facilitating a workshop “How to Market Yourself Through Networking” for CSIX Connect employment group at the iRestaurant in Cupertino, CA. The meeting begins at 10:30 and runs until 1:00. The admission is $12 which includes a wonderful lunch, networking opportunities with a group of experienced and expert Silicon Valley job seekers, and information on real world networking.

For my friends and the friends I have just not met yet on Active Rain: If you like this workshop or any of the individual subjects covered, I am more than willing to provide links. If you have questions please contact me at dean@innerarchitect.com or call me at (415) 410-7524

The Program Will Cover

Definition What does Networking Mean?

1. The #1 Biggest Mistake in Networking: The Hard Sell

2. The #1 Method For Networking Success: Giving

3. The 5 Benefits of Giving: Referrals, Relationships, Evangelists for you, Reference Point, Mentor

4. Exercise: The “Give” How to identify your value give aways and outline a plan on how and where to deliver this value

5. 8 Tips to Engage: How to Make a Connection

6. Listening Is a Skill That Requires Strategy

7. Procrastination: 5 Tips to Help You Follow Through

8. 10 Reasons Why You Should Maintain An Ongoing Networking Campaign During Your Career

9. Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts of Networking

10. The Secret of Networking Success: Get Your Connections to Benefit First

11. 5 Tips to Branding “You”

This program is designed to be a two hour program. I am going to blast through this program in one hour with the promise of providing more information to those people interested.

If you are interested in this information, consider the fact that I have written about every subject here on Active Rain on this blog. You can simply go back and “mine” my archive of posts to find ea article that matches the subject matter. If I can be of assistence, please do not hesitate to contact me!

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Branding “You” Through Networking is Fastest Growing Marketing Plan

Networking in the real world is such an important component to branding you, expanding your possibilities in the business world, and insulating your success from the highs and lows of any economy. Within this business life long strategy are some methods, tips, and guides that will make the road much easier to navigate.

The following is information about my workshop that I would like feedback on. Please let me know if this information is interesting, important, or process changing enough to be worthy of your time.

Workshop length: 90 minutes
Facilitator: Dean Guadagni

Who can benefit:

  • Any individual pursing employment opportunities
  • Individuals interested in increasing their value within an organization
  • Individuals interested in branding themselves for marketing to the employment sector

Training Formula (Deliverables):

  1. Understand what networking is and how it can help you
  2. Understand the biggest mistake in networking and why it is unproductive
  3. Learn 10 things to avoid while networking and why they hurt your marketing effort
  4. Learn how to utilize the #1 method to networking success
  5. Learn 5 strategies to become a valued contact
  6. Learn 8 tips to engage and make meaningful connectio

Networking Mistake #2 Procrastination Ruins Relationship Building

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If you are allowing obstacles in your mind to get in the way of performing tasks and making progress then you are suffering from procrastination problems. In networking the biggest problem to creating a networking connection is an individual’s misconception that networking is hard selling themselves, their business, products, and services.

The bridge to a business relationship will fail if the person procrastinates in their follow through after the event. Connecting and forming a business relationship is time sensitive when you begin the process. If you do not follow through with promised information in a timely manner (immediately is best), then you lose.

What’s at Stake?

  1. Lost Opportunity: You most likely will not get a second chance to engage and connect with your intended networking partner.
  2. Reputation: If you do not follow through on your word, your reputation is at stake with your intended networking partner and their circle of friends.
  3. Viral Marketing: If you do not follow through to connect then your inaction may be reported via word of mouth to your industry niche audience.

Tips to Help You Follow Through

  1. To Do List: Note what you promised to deliver your intended networking partner.
  2. Point of Reference: Note what stood out in your conversation that you know your intended networking partner would remember.
  3. Response Habit: Utilizing your point of reference, email or call your intended networking partner as soon as possible (within reason) thanking them for their time.
  4. Set the Next Step: end your email or phone call with a next step. Examples would be to ask for a meeting, set a time to deliver your value as you promised, or invite them to an industry event. Be creative here.
  5. Document: Document your initial efforts to build your connection into a business relationship. Measure what worked, what did not work, and the process involved.

5 Steps To Discovering Your Value Give Away For Networking Success

Hard sales tactics adopted and utilized by most people in their strategies to network online and in the real world fall decidedly flat in an effort to create business relationships that lead to referral business. The 30 second elevator pitch, the blatant sales pitch, the product and services feature-benefit dump, a lack of listening skills, and the “work the room” mentality are giving way to a new much more effective strategy: giving value. Below is an example of the “work the room” business card treasure hunt modeled after a bad speed dating session seen on “Sex and the City.”

Before you can give away something that others value, give it often, give it continuously, and give it without asking for anything in return, you must first understand how to identify what you have to offer. The following should help you get started in identifying your value to others:

5 Tips To Finding Your Value “Give”

1. Make a List of Your Accomplishments: don’t be shy in this exercise. Give a full list with details

2. Make a List of Your Contacts of Influence: prioritize this list by who you know best and who KNOWs you

3. List Your Skill Sets: again do not be shy. Provide everything that is important to building your career

4. From the First Three Lists: analyze and choose what you believe to be the most valuable things you can give to your potential networking partners

5. Create a Plan on How To Deliver: will you utilize a blog or begin a public speaking platform to help benefit your potential networking partners? Identify all of the channels in which you can deliver your value

Happy Mother’s Day: Ideas For Your Mom

Chicago Sun Times published this deansguide article May 11, 2008

FoxBusiness.com published this deansguide article May 11, 2008

Even a famous newsman like Anderson Cooper, with an equally famous mom Gloria Vanderbilt, needs ideas on what to get his mom for Mother’s Day. Vanderbilt, made famous by her embroidered designer jeans worn on more fannies than any other designer jean at one time in history, gives solid advice to her son on what to buy mom for Mother’s Day.

So if you are stuck or a last minuted shopper, this interview may help you decide on just the right gift. What am I going to get my mom? It will be tied to her British-Canadian-American heritage.

As for me? My gift is arriving Monday from the windy city for a long visit. I love you mom and you too dad. Best wishes and we are excited to have you home for your visit.

Peace and Love to all moms on this important day. Especially Elsie, Susan, Megan, and my other California mother Jan “Mac” too!