Are You Actively Networking?
Many executives I meet enter career transition with a limited network. they never needed one in the past and they desperately need one now. So from the very beginning (even if you’re presently employed) make a commitment to grow your network and to grow it fast. Often, executives believe networking is simply about showing up; but going through the motions nets you little. When you are active in networking your eyes are wide open, you are driven to meeting new people and rekindling old connections… all to gain new opportunities. Brilliant networkers look to give value first because they understand the power of reciprocity and they see every interaction as a place of possibility. Active networking means meeting new people, keeping your relationships fresh, planning who you want to meet, where they might be and what to say once you meet them. Look for ways to create a powerful and positive first impression so everyone is drawn in to see the value of getting to know you better. Be keenly aware that a phone call is more powerful than an email and a face-to-face conversation is always the best. When you attend group meetings make it a habit to book a one-on-one session prior to and/or just after, to get to know a few of the attendees that much better. Finally, be wary of joining “victim” groups because all of your energy will be sucked out through their negative way of seeing the world.
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NETWORKING TIPS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER
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WHAT OTHER EXECUTIVES HAVE TO SAY
Meet two new people everyday - at least ten per week. Or else all of your other efforts are for nothing.
You will meet some of the best people while networking that will try and help you – maybe more so then your friends and existing network.
UPCOMING NETWORKING MEETINGS (Please Note: these change frequently)
This sounds like an awesome idea. There should be one for guys too.
Association of Independent Consultants
Burlington IT Coffee Group
Meetings are held bi-weekly and run for approximately 2 hours with guest speakers booked to make pertinent presentations as agreed to by the group.
Contact: Ken McCormack
CPG ExecNet is a professional networking group dedicated to assisting a group of Senior CPG Executives (Director level and above) in career transition by sharing information, experiences, network contacts, job leads and search techniques that will lead to new employment. Our target is to have 15-20 active members, a number we have found most conducive to good meeting dynamics. We maintain a waiting list of potential new members to backfill our numbers and maintain a healthy alumni network. (total 0f 79 members)
Financial Executives International
Financial Executives Networking Group
George Szewchuk's Breakfast Networking Group
Second Friday of every month
In2Win! Networking Eve
Second Tuesday of every month
Contact: Curt Skene
Logistics and Supply Chain
MASTERS (Sales and Marketing Professionals)
Oakville Networking Executive (The ONE Group)
Phoenix Executive Network
Each week, up to 20 Executives representing all functional areas (Finance, Sales, Marketing, Human Resources, Legal, Operations, IT and General Management ) meet to share networking ideas, contacts and most importantly referrals.
Members are able to increase their capacity to connect to meaningful employment through shared resources and networks. The on-line network of Alumni and Associate members provides an extensive network of C-level executives. Additionally, Guest speakers attend regularly to share insights on advancing career search.
Contact: Phoenix Executive Network
Mississauga - Tuesday 1:00pm (By Invitation only)
The Hit Squad
After landing employment and /or while developing business initiatives, the Squad provides an opportunity to share successes in the workplace and solicit support and recommendations for dealing with workplace challenges.
The Wellington Group (formerly The A-Team)
Toronto Davisville Coffee Meeting
Toronto Finance Network (TFN)
Weekend Coffee Hunters
Second Saturday 9:15 - 11:30
York Region Networking
Every Friday 9:45 - 12:00
Do you have your own good ideas for DEFINING YOUR VALUE, if so please COMMENT BELOW to share with others!