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By nyctregion13831870, Aug 14 2018 12:30PM

Junior Year

Your junior year is key to networking. In between lectures, studying, parties, trips to the library or wherever you may go, make the most of your junior year. Continue cultivating a meaningful network by adding more professors, mentors, and advisors to your network, as well as, continue to search for potential internships.

1. Be Retrospective. Take a look back at your networking goals that you have set over the past two years. Did you meet them? If not, take the time to evaluate why. Where can you improve? Make any necessary changes and move forward. "It's great to have ambition to ultimately succeed in a chosen field, but don't let that make your vision too narrow too soon. Don't shut out the larger picture: that there will be dozens of ways to fail, succeed, and grow." -- Heike Currie, Program Coordinator Communications, The Juilliard School.

2. Be Innovative. Create a strong resume, and yes a resume does matter. Be creative with your resume. Use people in your network to critique it so that you are able to put your best foot forward. Now is also the time to be creative with “networking cards.” You need to have something tangible to hand out to people.

3. Be Online. Networking can happen anywhere and anytime, including online. Develop a solid reputable social media presence. Improve and polish your LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook profiles. Social media is one of the first places potential employers will look before hiring you, your presence matters.

4. Be a Dreamer. Make a list of dream companies that you would like to work for and start targeting them. Think of people in your network that might help you get your foot in the door. If possible meet and interview their employees.

By nyctregion13831870, Jul 5 2018 07:56PM

Sophomore Year


The exhilaration, challenges, and not to mention the awkwardness of your freshman year are far behind you. By now, you’ve hopefully settled on a major and are beginning to iron out a few post-graduate plans. Therefore, your sophomore year is a great time to begin to focus on specific network goals.


1. Be Polite. Set a goal to meet one new person everyday. Whether it is just saying hello or taking time to strike up a conversation, you will organically build your network, as well as, work on your people skills.


2. Be Active. Get involved with clubs and organizations that are specifically aligned with your major. By obtaining memberships to professional organizations, you can ultimately give yourself a boost in attaining future goals.


3. Be Proactive. "There is absolutely, positively no better strategy to figure out what career or careers you might want to pursue, and then break into that field, than talking to people who have done it themselves." -- Lindsey Pollak, author of Getting from College to Career. Meet with professors, mentors, potential employers, and other professionals. They have a wealth of knowledge about their specific fields and have ample contacts that could be assets to your network. They can also help you find an internship, which could potentially parlay into a post-graduate job.


By nyctregion13831870, Jan 8 2018 02:33AM

If I told you that according to a recent study a measly 8% of people tasted victory as they rang in the New Year by keeping their New Year’s Resolution, would you still make one? Chances are you would because after all, you don’t fall into that 92% who gave up mid-February. You are an entrepreneur. You are a self motivated, determined, and persistent. You finish what you start. You know that most New Year’s Resolutions fail because people tend to set too many goals and want instant success. They treat their resolution like a sprint instead of a marathon that lasts all year and tend to set goals that add no real value to their lives. They don’t equip themselves with the tools they need to accomplish their goals and that’s just not you!

As you reflect on last year and prepare for next year, set a New Year’s Resolution that will keep your business healthy and thriving in 2018 - set a networking goal. To insure success be specific with your goal. Evaluate your current networking and identify where you could improve and then create a networking road map that will help you achieve your goal.


Do you need to increase the number of people you meet?

o Often we get complacent with networking. It becomes a routine: rinse, lather, and repeat.

o Joining a networking organization like Master Networks will help you broaden your circle of influence.

o Look at a calendar and select a few key events. Who are you going to target at these events? Be specific with your goal for each networking event.

o As the year continues, set a larger goal each month.


Do you need to improve your follow up?

o Continue to follow up throughout the year. One of the most efficient ways to follow up is using a Customer Relationship Management tool like Next Level Suite.

o Categorize people into certain groups. This allows you to stay in meaningful contact with people throughout the year.

By equipping yourself with the right tools throughout the year, you will be 8% that tastes victory as you ring in 2019. Make 2018 the year of networking success!



By nyctregion13831870, Jul 25 2016 04:44PM

A misconception about networking that is made all too often is focusing on the numbers. People cast a wide net, hoping to gain an abundance of leads. Only to find they have come up empty-handed. Quantity and quality rarely correlate. When building your network, your focus should be on gaining quality leads rather than focusing on the quantity. Yet, that is easier said than done. Here are a few steps to follow that will help you make the most out of networking.

Inquire – Ask questions. There are three key questions that you should ask after exchanging business cards.

How did you get involved in your field?

What do you like most about your industry?

What does your ideal client look like?

Listen – Actually listen to their answers and build a genuine rapport. Instead of being self-involved and making the conversation about yourself, be genuine and show interest by listening to what they have to say. Don’t ask questions expecting to give your answers, and don’t be afraid to leave a little time for chitchat.

Follow up – Go beyond a generic follow up email. Think outside the box and do your homework. Develop a strategy that is mutually beneficial; yet, expect nothing in return. Instead of asking for their customer database or expecting them to refer others to you, find out how you can collaborate to help each other.

Be Patient – Building quality leads takes time. Like any relationship, building trust takes time, and quality leads equal trust. To build trust, treat them like a potential client by showing them your product or service and how you treat clients.

Follow these steps and your leads will gradually begin to buy in, and then a genuine relationship will be built, which will result in a quality and active referral network.

~ Tina Campbell, Regional Partner, Master Networks NY & Western CT

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