Five Ideas… Laura Jackson’s tips for good networking

Wednesday 15-07-2015 - 12:28

To coincide with the start of our new Lead and Change training courses, we’ve turned to well-versed friends from the movement who have all offered some of their top tips for being an officer.

With Lead and Change: Higher Education taking place next week, here are five ideas for good networking put forward by Laura Jackson, former VP Education and President of York St. John Students’ Union.

Being stuck behind your desk is a dangerous place to be, it stifles thought and reduces your influence. However, it seems to be unavoidable a lot of the time so I try to make the most out of networking opportunities when I get a chance.

1. Project yourself the way you want to be known.

Develop a memorable self-introduction that focuses on the results you help to create.

2. Respect other people.

Whenever someone gives their name imagine that you will be called upon to introduce this person in the next 10 minutes. This will help you remember their name and what they do. Give the person that you are talking to your undivided attention. Try to talk half as much as you listen.

3. Keep conversation alive.

Ask open ended questions – those which include: who, what, when, where, why and how - and inquire about their feelings (without seeming like a psychiatrist!).

4. Don’t be afraid to move on.

As long as you are polite about it, it’s understandable to keep circulating around the room.

5. Be a connector.

Offer to introduce people. Ensure your introduction of others highlights their talents and the importance of their contribution.

Are you attending a Lead and Change course this summer? Get networking across social media using the official hashtag, #NUSLeadChange


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