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Smart Networking: The Right (and Wrong) Way to Network
Networking is one of the most powerful tools for personal and professional advancement. Successful people know this: they introduce each other to new business opportunities, help each other's children land top internships, and invest time and energy into each other's initiatives. Successful people are surrounded by a network who help them become great.
So why do so many people avoid networking?
Decoding Networking: How to Start Networking (and Succeed!)
At Global Professionals Practicum (GPP), where we help clients build professional relationships and networks, I’m often asked about how to start networking. While many professionals recognize networking is important, they aren’t sure where to start or what best practices will help them succeed.
There are five key questions you should be asking to start networking — and succeed:
Turning Java Into Jobs: How To Master The Coffee Chat
Whether you’re following up with a new connection or seeking advice from an established mentor, you can gain valuable insight through reaching out for a cup of coffee.
While coffee chats are usually informal interactions, they can often lead to more substantial relationships over time. At Global Professionals Practicum (GPP), we’ve seen coffee turn into mentorship relationships, invitations to exclusive events, and unsolicited job offers for our clients.
Building Bridges for Entrepreneurial Success:
Highlights from the 7th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit
Last June, I had the honour of being invited to the 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), hosted by President Barack Obama at Stanford University, California.
The Summit provided entrepreneurs with the opportunity to mingle with some of the world’s top investors, business executives and political leaders in the heart of Silicon Valley. Notable speakers included President Barack Obama; Secretary of State John Kerry; Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel; Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook; Brian Chesky, CEO of AirBnb; and Shark Tank’s Daymond John, among others.
Conference Stars: How to Get the Most Out of Conferences
Conferences should be where you expand your network: they’re full of like-minded individuals from your industry, including potential investors, customers and employers. In other words, conferences are an opportunity to meet people who could change your career.
However, with hundreds of attendees and only three days, who should you be speaking to?
Learn how to make the best first impression possible, prepare for one-on-one meetings, and maximize your impact when you connect.
To be successful, accept the possibility of failure
Jessica Lui, CEO of GPP, shared a special feature in the Globe and Mail Leadership Lab series about the importance of failure.
Excerpt: "When you learn to embrace failure, failure can be a fantastic teacher - those of you who have experienced failure have already developed the perseverance and resistance to adversity that you need to keep moving forward."
Meet Jessica Lui, The Startup CEO Recognized As An Inspiring Entrepreneur By President Obama, Who Wants To Help You Become The Next Global Influencer
Jessica Lui, CEO of GPP, shared a special interview about her experiences as an entrepreneur.
Excerpt: "I have realized the best way to honor my belief that opportunities should be accessible to everyone is to teach others how to build their own networks and influence."
Follow Up or Fail: How to Win at the Most Important Part of Networking
Following up is the most important part of networking- failing to follow up is like going on a great first date and never calling again. You need to follow up and stay in touch to build the relationship.
Rising to the Challenge: How Three Millennials Are Shaping The World Through Social Enterprise
Jessica Lui, CEO of GPP, shared a special feature in the Huffington Post interviewing three impressive young millennials working in social enterprise and the unique challenges they face.
From a former refugee to a corporate marketer, they share their personal stories and lessons in this interview.
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