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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, Jun 23 2018 09:23PM

Freshman Year

The moment you step foot on your college campus is the moment you begin building your network. The people you meet at freshman orientation, in freshman lectures, at a party, in the student center, or essentially anywhere could play the most instrumental roles in your post-graduate career. There are a few easy steps to take to cultivate the connections you make your freshman year of college that can last a lifetime. These connections can turn into connections to your future, including co-workers, bosses and, of course, friends!

1. Be Gregarious. Be Social. Talk to anyone and everyone, there is no need to be picky or exclusive. "Everyone has a network. Your friends, family friends, classmates, employers, graduate teaching assistants, hairdresser, dean, librarian, professors, and, yes, neighbors, are all in your network and can help you expand your contacts. No one starts from scratch and you never know where any connection may lead." -- Lindsey Pollak, author of Getting from College to Career. Don’t be too selective in networking; keep your net wide. The average college student changes their major approximately two times; therefore, a lot can change over the course of four years. Dreams and goals could align by senior year.

2. Be Interested. Building meaningful relationships means taking time to truly get to know people. Ask questions, not just about their goals and career plans, but also about their family and hobbies. Then open up. Cultivating a meaningful network is about building genuine relationships and friendships.

3. Be Adventurous. Step out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with a random stranger. Join a variety of social clubs and organizations, including Greek life. Sororities and fraternities are tight-knit groups; they will often lend a hand to their members.

4. Be Intentional. Set networking goals for yourself each semester. Whether it is joining a new club or meeting a certain number of people, always challenge yourself.

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

By nyctregion13831870, Jun 18 2016 01:56AM

Networking is the foundation of a local business. Networking generates leads. Yet, effective networking is often a hard concept to grasp. The principle is simple, but the execution is often where people go awry. Many people look at networking like they would speed dating: rinse, lather, repeat – moving on to the next person. They attend various ‘Business After Hours’ events and share their story with everyone they come in contact with, and yet they aren’t gaining any leads. They aren’t building a genuine clientele; they are merely growing an immobile database. As technology flourishes, there is more noise from emails and text messages to social media accounts, and all of which consume people. Over the past few years, people have started tuning out messages. A promotional email to a mere acquaintance that would have once drawn a person to your business now ends up in their email trash folder. Why? Because acquaintances haven’t bought in, they don’t trust you.

Effective networking is more than having a thousand ‘likes’ on social media or slipping everyone you come in contact with a business card. Effective networking isn’t making random connections. The foundation of effective networking is building authentic relationships that are built on trust and trust takes time. Genuinely follow up with people you have met. Find out their needs; find out how you can help them. Then follow through. People are more likely to tune in to messages from people they trust. People become mobile marketers for people they trust. Don’t you want a network full of people that trust you?

Stop speed dating the people in your network and start dating the people in your network.

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