Networking. Do you love it or hate it?
And how have you fared when we haven’t been able to meet in person?
In just a few minutes, we’ll be talking about networking with a few people who thrive on making connections: Dr. Tanjia Coleman is a diversity and leadership development “architect” and on the faculty at Loyola University’s Quinlan School of Business. Tom Martin is a leader in the field of media and public relations (Charles Kuralt was his personal mentor). Walter Simons aka Lucky Church is a celebrity publicist Master relationship builder and networker, and Director Of Client Relations & Social Media Management at Mungo Creative Group.
We’ve all had to get creative over the past 15 months to keep our businesses going and hopefully growing. And that has often meant getting out of our comfort zones: making connections using new communications technologies—navigating both the tech itself and the platform specific etiquette that goes with it.
I’m interested to hear how these thrivers continue to march forward, and how their networks support that. Tom just launched a new online course, Do-It-Yourself Public Relations for Authors; Tanjia built an online community of 19K people on LinkedIn; Lucky has been a featured profile in Black Enterprise and other publications over the past year).
Some of my questions are:
- What’s your favorite conversation starters?
- What’s the difference between in-person and digital networking? How do you leverage each differently?
- How does someone go from being a business card to being someone you know?
- What are the benefits of In-Group versus Cross Group networking (e.g. POC networking with POC, Jewish Genealogy, etc.)?
- How do you quantify or measure the ROI of networking? (or is that the wrong question?)