Articles about Networking
2 words every public speaker should avoid at all costs
When we fall back on the same words during a speech, the audience senses it right away. People start to think, “He’s really doing that a lot. Kind of annoying.” What’s “that”? A distracting tic or habit.
You’re invited! Now what? Dealing with summer soirees
Work, weddings, barbecues and other summer soirees; the invitations seem to come in fast and furious this time of year. So, do you have to attend just because you’re invited? And more than that, do you have to bring a gift or give a speech? And while we’re at it, when can you beg off?
Reading body language at work: 5 mistakes you don’t want to make
No matter what the culture at your workplace, the ability to read nonverbal signals can provide significant advantages for the way you deal with people. You can start to gain those advantages by avoiding these five common mistakes.
Conversation is a skill. Here’s how to be better at it
Why we are often guilty of conversational narcissism — without even realizing it and how to have a fulfilling, meaningful conversation with anyone.
The ultimate guide to crafting your elevator pitch
An elevator pitch is a 30- to 60-second statement composed of your job experience, aspirations and what you can do for a company. It’s not easy to distill both your best traits and how you can help a future workplace into a short pitch, which is why it’s important to work on.
How to ask for a referral, and the template you should use
There are a million ways to mess up when you ask someone for a referral for a job or for someone else — especially if you don't know how well the two people know each other. Here's what to keep in mind.
3 people who add instant influence to your network
If you work in a medium- to large-sized organization, there are hundreds, possibly thousands of people to join forces with. Not sure where to start? To maximize your time while expanding your network, start with these three types of people.
5 ways to share a story that won’t make listeners’ eyes glaze over
Do you ramble, ramble and ramble on until you get to the point? How many times have you started telling a story, only to watch a listener or crowd lose interest and start checking their phone intermittently? Here's how to get better at storytelling.
The ‘done is better than perfect’ mindset has carried this career guru to major success
You may not recognize the name Benjamin P. Hardy but if you are a regular Medium reader or have just Googled basic career or life advice in the past few years (and who hasn't done that at least once) then you have definitely stumbled upon his work.
How to find your tribe using these 10 simple steps
Finding your “tribe,” your people, your peeps, the folks with whom you connect, is doable, but not always a simple task. Whatever the case, it is important to surround yourself with powerful and supportive people who encourage you to be your best self.
How to land a meeting with an extremely busy person
Often time, the most challenging part about networking meetings is getting them on the schedule! Here’s how to make it happen.
39 questions to make small talk with anyone
Forego the traditional weather-related questions and delve deeper to find your commonalities and their quirks. These little things are what makes the difference between acquaintances and friends, and you can uncover them with even the littlest bit of conversational finesse.
New study explains why you’re bad at reading people’s faces
Why does it look like your coworkers are always mad at you? If you have trouble interpreting your colleagues' resting neutral face, science now says that the answer may have more to do with your childhood upbringing than your coworkers' facial expressions.
How to successfully network while out on the road
Any entrepreneur can share countless travel stories of lonely hotel dining and tasteless room service dinners. Combine that with red-eye flights, missed connections and rental car lines, and business trips become more work than fun. That’s how I, too, felt about work trips until I realized how to incorporate business networking dinners as part of my travels.
These are the 10 best cities in the world for business trips
Global business travel spending is expected to grow from $1.2 trillion in 2015 to $1.6 trillion by 2020. Even as many businesses move day-to-day operations online, there’s no substitute for building new and existing relationships offline, and in-person. As business professionals are deployed around the world, their productivity and expenses, as well as the quality of their experiences, can vary widely from one city to another.
On meeting new people, following up, and being teachable
Here’s a powerful networking truth: Everyone you ever meet matters. No matter when someone crosses your path, you never know when they might come back around.
The key to a good mentor-mentee relationship according to a real estate titan
Early in my career, one of my bosses told me to always find a person that would be able to assistant and mentor me. This was excellent advice, which I have passed on many times over the years. When looking for a mentor, it is important to find someone who is successful, preferably in the business sector in which you wish to pursue or at the very least, whom you greatly respect and admire for his or her success and career trajectory. You can learn so much from a variety of people who have had many different types of experiences.
This infographic explains the Art & Science of Networking
There were probably business cards flying everywhere, and even some people may have seemed to be in a contest to see how many business cards they could hand out without even talking to anyone. Unfortunately, that’s not networking at all, and if that’s how you are doing it you are wasting your time.
5 things you should include in a killer, post-interview thank you (template included)
Sending a post-interview thank you note can really set you apart from other candidates because it signals your continued interest and solidifies a positive impression with the interviewer. Do not underestimate the follow-up! I’ve actually had hiring managers tell me to wait to schedule a second interview until we receive a thank-you note. Yup, it’s that important.
The cofounder of Rent the Runway on why your network is everything
Rent the Runway cofounders Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss are now household names and startup legends but when they first launched their company they felt a bit lost. They didn't really have that absolutely essential network of people you need for your career to succeed.
Writing the perfect subject line when you’re looking for a job
With an estimated 269 billion business emails sent every day, it's harder than ever to get yours noticed. And since email is often the first point of contact for job seekers and hiring managers, the subject line can make all the difference.
5 ways to pick the right mentor for your career
The right mentor can shape the course of your career — here's what to look for in one.
The 5 biggest mistakes people make when looking for a new job
Slow down, take your time, and avoid these five not-so-common mistakes during your next job search.
Get serious about networking: 5 tips for making a connection
Networking is the ultimate route, and the reasons are endless. You’ll meet investors, leaders, and potential team members. Here are some of my favorite networking methods that continue to work for me.
How to ask for a networking meeting with a coworker
If you want to brainstorm or learn from a coworker, ask politely for the person’s time but include parameters on when the meeting should happen.