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It might not come as a surprise that during the course of the pandemic our personal and professional networks shrank. As many of us turned to our closest friends, family members and colleagues for support, communication with some of our more distant acquaintances fell to the wayside. In a study undertaken by  Harvard Business School  it was found that communication with close contacts rose by 40 per cent at the expense of a 10...
Networking-starved professionals are returning to in-person luncheons and live conventions, organizers say, with meetings of local chambers of commerce and national industry events back on the calendars as COVID-19 cases fall. Event organizers say they expect more in-person events this year, albeit in some cases with fewer attendees than pre-pandemic levels.  READ MORE AT WALL STREET JOURNAL
While efforts are being made to address the gender imbalance in the workplace, there is still significant progress to be made. Recognise the value of the work you contribute – aloud. Often this assertiveness is misconstrued as arrogance; it’s the self-respect you deserve. And if you are struggling with something? Chances are your colleague has been meaning to ask you something too. Networking events will be less...
High school and college are intended to give students the academic building blocks for their future professional development. But they don’t typically prepare students for the role that relationships play in a career. In-person and virtual networking isn’t just about meeting people; it’s about cultivating relationships over the long term, and knowing when and how to take advantage of them. And doing this well is a learned...
While networking can lead to new career opportunities, it offers so much more. Your network can give you support, advice, and confidence, along with role models and professional guidance. Digital networking may be less personal than traditional face-to-face methods, but it's also more convenient, flexible, and accessible.   Here, we look at the benefits of building a network and provide our top networking tips to guide you along the...
When it comes to exploring career paths or finding jobs and internships, your network can be a useful tool. Networking can sometimes feel awkward or intimidating, but it’s helpful to remember that it’s just a conversation and a chance to get to know someone new. Here are some tips for feeling more comfortable with networking.  READ MORE AT UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER
You may have heard the term “networking” for most of your life, but you may not realize what it is or how important it can be. Networking refers to building connections that could improve your professional prospects. For example, meeting with business owners, project runners and community leaders can all open doors for your future career. These connections can be far more important than you realize. According to some...
Knowing what to say is a big part of being successful at a networking event. Opening lines are important conversation starters. But that’s just one way to start an interesting conversation with a stranger. Here’s everything that you need to know that leads to a business connection. READ MORE AT SMALL BUSINESS TRENDS
Personal branding is an unquestionably hot topic these days. If you explore the term “personal branding” on Google Trends, you will see a steep spike in the number of times it has been searched over the last 5 years. And yet, as much as we talk about personal branding, the concept remains enigmatic, with few of us able to actually explain what a personal brand is and how to build one. Advice abounds but is often more misleading...
Building your professional network can offer many benefits. Not only is networking an important part of your job search, but the people in your network can provide different levels of support while you’re searching. Maybe that’s sharing job postings, proofreading your application materials or practicing for interviews. Here are three tips to help you grow your network this year. READ MORE AT UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER
In-person networking events are returning as more and more people feel comfortable gathering indoors with larger groups of strangers. To some, networking is easy and fun, but to others, it’s an uncomfortable chore. When identifying the kinds of networking events you’ll want to attend, the first place to start is understanding what type of people you’re trying meet. READ MORE AT ENTREPRENEUR
In business and in life, companies and individuals strive to be unique and create a differentiator between themselves and others. The truest way to execute this is to build the right, long-lasting relationships. This leads to a few questions.   Are you invested in the right relationships? And I mean really invested? READ MORE AT FASTCOMPANY