Quite often networking can seem to be daunting and overwhelming. However, networking can actually be enjoyable and beneficial if you remember these five simple networking tips.
This may seem like an unusual activity to undertake, but volunteering and networking actually go hand in hand. By dedicating your time as a volunteer, you make new friends, expand your network and boost your social skills.
Volunteering also provides you with renewed creativity, motivation and a vision that can carry over into your personal and professional life. By allowing you to help others while also helping yourself, it gives you purpose. It’s a win-win situation!
No matter what field you are working in, setting goals helps you to organise your time and resources so that you use them efficiently and effectively.
Challenge yourself by setting short term goals and rewarding yourself for your success. If you are attending a networking event, set a goal of meeting and establishing connections with one or two people. You may surprise yourself and end up exceeding your goal!
Networking is a wonderful way of building relationships. Prior to each event, be prepared – research and think of topics you’d like to discuss.
Learn who will be at the event and look for people who are associated with organisations you would like to work or collaborate with. This information will come across as impressive to key contacts.
When people ask about what you do, know what you are going to say and respond confidently. Be sure to make a great first impression – show up with the best version of you!
(When the Covid-crises is over and we can all get back to living normally)
While some people are naturally outgoing, others are shy and have a hard time meeting new people. Attending events with friends and meeting regularly with a group of people with common interests will make it easier to branch out and interact with good contacts by yourself.
During events and functions, impress key targets with your knowledge of who they are and why or how you can help each other. It is easier to reach out to others with the support of your friends nearby.
Networking events are just the beginning of a connection. If you do not follow up with the people you meet, there is no point in going in the first place.
Business cards are still a handy way to establish a connection with people and keep in contact. The best way to follow up is having a face to face meeting by organising a lunch or an afternoon tea. If this is not possible, a friendly phone call or sending an email are other great ways to stay connected and build on the relationship.
Good luck out there – you’ve got this!
By Roxanne Kiely
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Kids everywhere will love to dance and sing along to the ABC Alphabet Song.
Sing and learn the ABC with Busy Izzy and Friends. You can dance and sing the ABC Alphabet song!
Alphabet letters will become your 26 BFFs (Best Friends Forever).
Join all the kids as they dance, sing and learn their ABC's. Busy Izzy and Friends love to read and write with their 26 BFFs, all the letters of the alphabet and you're sure to learn your ABC's with this energetic and fun ABC Alphabet song!
My 26 BFFs.
Are the letters of the alphabet.
Letter by letter, getting alphabetter.
My 26 BFFs.
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z. My 26 BFFs.
Excited to announce that songs from the Busy Izzy and Friends catalogue are now playing on Kinderling Kids Radio.
The Busy Izzy and Friends songs are very popular with kids, teachers and parents.
Here is a quote from head teacher, Nazan Polat Principal Prestons Primary
"Dear Roxanne and Stephen, thank you for the wonderful incursion earlier this week. Our students and teachers loved it! The show and the songs were highly engaging and interactive and many meaningful messages in the story line. Thank you again and kind Regards".
The World Literacy Foundation is a global not-for-profit that works to lift young people out of poverty through literacy. Founded in Melbourne, Australia in 2003, the World Literacy Foundation operates on the principle that education is a basic human right. https://worldliteracyfoundation.org.
CEO, Andy Kay spoke of the relationship between the World Literacy Foundation and Roxanne and Stephen:
"On behalf of the World Literacy Foundation, I’d like to acknowledge Roxanne and Stephen for this wonderful series that they’ve developed. It’s really a privilege to be involved with it. I think it’s fantastic that they’ve decide to link the initiative with the World Literacy Foundation." says, Andy Kay.