Game Changers: Networking
Game Changers honorees filled in this sentence: Networking works best when I …
Naz Aletaha: Am not expecting an immediate gain from making the connection. Real networking is about actively listening and establishing a genuine relationship, not facilitating a transaction.
Megan Hughes Allison: Ask questions and learn what I can from the people I am meeting. Moving past the small talk is when networking is at its best!
Michelle Andres: Meet people who can relate to the experiences I have had as a woman working in professional sports yet offer unique insight into navigating that world and vice versa.
Molly Arbogast: Focus on thinking about how I can help the people I am networking with. Karma is real.
Christine Burke: Make the time to do it; sometimes it is hard to walk away from a scheduled meeting or a full inbox.
Shelly Cayette: Am personal and open with individuals I’m talking to and equally as interested in their interests.
Kim Damron: Have no agenda and I am just focused on people and relationships.
Kim Davis: Am in an authentic relationship with the person.
Jill Driban: Have a drink in my hand.
Wendy Fallen: Collaborate with colleagues and consider perspectives from others facing similar challenges.
Melissa Heiter: Listen with interest. Talking comes very naturally to me, so it’s an effort to really listen.
Krista Hiner: Focus on authentic interactions with people and prioritize relationships over transactions.
Terri Carmichael Jackson: Spend the time getting to know someone.
Michele Kajiwara: Have a (good) glass of wine in hand and some mutual connections in the room so we can share and expand our tribe.
Meredith Kinsman: Make connections for others.
Thayer Lavielle: Focus on the other person. This is a relationship business and people like to do business with people they like.
Melanie LeGrande: It’s authentic and intentional.
Michelle McGoldrick: Approach it as an opportunity to make new friends. I’ve just found that a real investment in relationships produces better results.
Lucinda McRoberts: Focus on what I can give rather than receive. I hated networking at the start of my career because it felt so one-sided. Now that I better understand what I have to offer, developing relationships is far more organic.
Jamie Morningstar: Don’t force it. I let it happen naturally and remember to listen.
Sianneh Mulbah: Make it a priority and go in with a plan of action.
Pamela Murrin: Establish a connection with other individuals – quid pro quo.
Laura Neal: Don’t have to do it (I know that sounds awful, but I am painfully shy by nature). But seriously, it works best when it’s authentic. The less (overtly) agenda-driven our interaction can be, the better.
Gloria Nevarez: Feel welcome.
Moira O’Connor: Can take myself out of my comfort zone.
Nicolina O’Rorke: Get my head out of the day-to-day grind and appreciate getting to spark a conversation with someone that could create an impactful connection.
Djenaba Parker: Have time to do it! It’s on my list of things to get better at prioritizing.
Ana Shapiro Queenan: Can find a personal and authentic way to connect with others, and a way to make them smile and laugh.
Caroline Rebello: The goal is not to network, but to meet new people and learn about who they are.
Tracie Rodburg: When I am invested in it.
Carla Rosenberg: Make an effort to get to know people.
Tara Gutkowski Schwartz: Am at a sporting event. It’s the environment I am most comfortable in, and gives you an immediate conversation starter and shared connection with the people you’re with.
Carrie Skillman: I’m authentic and true to myself.
Maureen Smith: Listen.
Amy Sprangers: Am authentic and natural.
Neda Tabatabaie: Am/it is authentic.
Tina Thornton: Form pure bonds with people, usually starting on a personal level that eventually leads to business conversations.
Alisha Valavanis: Meet someone organically and connect on matters that have my attention right now.
Whitney Wagoner: Am authentic and natural.