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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, May 29 2018 02:08PM

Recently, I was listening to Chas Wilson, CEO of Master Networks, speak about networking and he said something that struck a chord with me, “The size of your network equals the size of your net worth.” As entrepreneurs we are constantly aware of our net worth. We know if we are in the red or the black. We know our projections and if we are surpassing last year’s margins, but we rarely shift our focus from our net worth to our network. Imagine if we were as meticulous about our network as we are about our net worth.

Networking is building a list of trusted industry professionals as resources. Your network should be based on quality not quantity. It doesn’t matter how big your network is if it isn’t full of trusted referrals. How would it feel to become one of the biggest assets and resources to your friends, family, and clients? When they need something whether it is a realtor, handyman, painter, house cleaning service, car salesman, etc., they don’t hesitate to contact you because they know without a doubt that you know and recommend quality people. I recommend knowing and having at least 2 quality people to refer to your friends, family, or clients in each industry category.

So, what’s the size of your network? Is it the size of your desired net worth? If not, get busy building a network full of trusted resources and the size of your net worth will follow.

By nyctregion13831870, Apr 23 2018 08:00PM

We were meant to thrive; yet we can be one of our own worst enemies when it comes to our success.

We limit our networking circles by convincing ourselves that we shouldn’t mix our personal and professional lives. We are prideful and tell ourselves that we don’t need any help from our friends and family because we can do it on our own. We tell ourselves that by informing them of what we are up to, we are ultimately burdening them. There are numerous excuses we use as to why we won’t/don’t tap into some of our most instrumental assets in networking – our friends and family. We ultimately fall victim to one of the greatest pitfalls of networking.

Consider the alternative. Our friends and family have a vested interest in our lives, therefore, it makes complete sense that they would be more likely to want to see us succeed that a business powerhouse. Our friends and family have a plethora of connections just waiting for us to uncover. Think about your parents, your aunts and uncles, or your friends. They have been networking for countless years and have built an impressive Rolodex. By reaching out to our friends and family, we are able to acquire new contacts as well as broaden and build our current networking circles. That friend-of-a-friend or friend-of-a-family member might just turn into a golden opportunity. Can you really afford to let that golden opportunity pass you up? I didn’t think so, reach out to your friends and family. Odds are in your favor.

Let me know your experience with networking TinaCampbell@MasterNetworks.net

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