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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The Vegetable Song - My Little Veggie Patch
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Do you eat your veggies? Busy Izzy and her friends do, they love to eat healthy fruits and vegetables because they know it keeps them strong and healthy too.
Busy Izzy's veggie garden is at the back of Nix & Nax. There is a compost bin full of scraps from when Izzy makes and bakes healthy snacks. The compost bin has a little red wiggler worm called 'Wormee', a compost-vermi, and his friends who turn the scraps into vermi-compost. Just a taste of rotting waste, they all move in. They're a positive advantage in Busy Izzy's compost bin.
Izzy has a beehive with honey bees. These hard working littlies pollinate the fruits and vegetables. Pollination occurs when insects such as bees visit flowers, collecting nectar and pollen. Pollen is rubbed onto the insect and is then rubbed off onto the next flower the insect visits.
We are thrilled to hear from parents and teachers of little ones about how much they love Busy Izzy and the Busy Izzy and Friends, children's picture books . We love seeing the kids dressed as their favourite character.
Here is 4 year old Zara, dressed as Busy Izzy, whom she loves by the way. Her mum, said that Zara asks to have the Busy Izzy and Friends books read to her before bedtime.
In Zara's mum's words,
"I read the books to Zara every night and she just loves them. I have observed how Zara appreciates Izzy's qualities and says, "When I grow up I want to be kind, thoughtful, helpful, and a wonderful friend just like Busy Izzy is to all her friends". I had to buy her a little puppet puppy just like Newly Truly, who is Izzy's clever rescue pup.
The Busy Izzy and Friends books are a must for all little ones, I love them as they teach the importance of empathy, kindness and being a great friend."
Thank you Zara's mum.
Book three in the series is about kindness, friendship and loyalty, no matter what goes wrong. True friends are always there for one another. Always there to listen and help. As today is R U OK Day? It is perfect time to share the link to this book about kindness and friendship and also fun. Oh, and easy to make healthy recipes too are included in the book.
There is music too.
This picture book is an exciting read for kids who are read to and for those who are early readers.
We have a song and guess who the voice of Tess is? It is the one and only, Bec Hewitt, as the voice of Tess. Super talented Bec is just wonderful as Talkative Tess. She brings an effervescent personality that only Bec Hewitt can.
Thank you Bec...we love you at Busy Izzy and Friends.
you can listen to the Talkative Tess song by clicking on the link.