LEVEL 3 ELECTIVE PROJECT
MAKE CONNECTIONS THROUGH NETWORKING
Time: 5-7 minutes
Goals: Speak off the cuff, mainly using bullet points for topic reminders. Speak conversationally.
INTRO: Networking helps build your reputation as a reliable and supportive person. Networking improves interpersonal communication skills, increases confidence, and strengthens relationships. Join Curtis as he shares some tips on effective networking!
Raise your hand if you’ve heard the saying, “Your network is your net worth.”?
On Thursday, I went to a networking event with my buddy Scott.
Let’s compare in-person networking versus social networking.
Benefits of In-Person Networking:
- Face-to-Face Connections: In-person networking allows for genuine, face-to-face interactions, leading to stronger and more memorable connections.
- Building Trust: Meeting people in person can help establish trust and credibility more effectively than online interactions.
- Effective Communication: Non-verbal cues such as body language and tone of voice play a significant role in communication during in-person networking.
- Immediate Feedback: You can receive immediate feedback and reactions from others, helping refine your communication and pitch.
- Pizza: With the price of entry, a meal, drinks, or some Hors D’oeuvres are included.
Drawbacks of In-Person Networking:
- Time-Consuming: Attending in-person events and meetings can be time-consuming, especially if they involve travel.
- Limited Reach: Your networking opportunities are constrained by geography and the availability of events.
- Costly: In-person networking often involves registration fees, travel, and dining expenses.
- Intimidating for Introverts: For introverted individuals, in-person networking can be intimidating and draining.
- Unpredictable Results: While chance encounters can be positive, they can also be unpredictable, and not every in-person interaction will yield fruitful results.
- You’re Forgettable: At an event where everyone is paying to promote themselves, your business card often ends up in the garbage after you spend time talking to someone who is there to promote themselves.
Drawbacks of Social Networking and Posting Videos:
- Digital Overload: The sheer volume of content on social media can lead to information overload, making it challenging for your content to stand out.
- Impersonal: Online interactions can sometimes feel impersonal compared to face-to-face networking, potentially hindering the development of deep, meaningful connections.
- Negative Feedback: Social media can attract negative comments and criticism, impacting your self-esteem and mental well-being.
- Algorithm Changes: Platforms frequently update their algorithms, affecting the visibility of your content and making it difficult to maintain consistent reach.
- Time-Consuming: Building a following and maintaining engagement on social media and through video content can be time-consuming, requiring regular attention and effort.
Benefits of Social Networking and Posting Videos:
- Broader Reach: Social media platforms have a global reach, allowing you to connect with a diverse audience from different parts of the world.
- Cost-Effective: Compared to in-person networking, social networking and video posting are often more cost-effective, requiring minimal financial investment.
- Convenience: You can engage with your audience and build your personal brand from the comfort of your own space, eliminating the need for physical travel.
- Consistent Presence: Frequent video posting helps maintain a consistent presence in your audience’s lives, keeping you top-of-mind.
- Analytics and Insights: Social media platforms provide valuable data and analytics that can help you understand your audience better and refine your content strategy.
- Global Exposure: Social networking allows you to reach a global audience, expanding your potential reach far beyond your local or regional boundaries.
- Targeted Audience: Most social media platforms offer advanced targeting options, allowing you to tailor your content to specific demographics, interests, and behaviors, which can enhance the effectiveness of your communication.
- Brand Building: Social networking helps build and strengthen your personal brand, allowing you to showcase your expertise, values, and personality to a wide audience.
- Networking Diversity: You can connect with a diverse range of individuals, including peers, mentors, potential clients, and industry influencers, which can lead to diverse opportunities.
- Content Variety: Social media platforms support various content formats, including text, images, videos, live streaming, and stories, giving you flexibility in how you engage and communicate with your audience.
- Feedback and Insights: Social networking provides a platform for receiving valuable feedback and insights from your audience, helping you refine your content and strategies.
GRAND JUNCTION 3D
How we help entrepreneurs become known:
- What would you share if the whole world followed you?
- Repeat after me! __________