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Networking tips for interns

by Melissa

So you’ve got a golden opportunity to get your feet wet. Your networking skills will be key in turning your internship into a full time career. Here are some tips to help you maximise the opportunity…

  • Set goals. Sounds boring but is a must.This is such a precious opportunity. Goals will…

7 Principles to Make yourself Memorable

by Melissa

Having studied what makes people and their propositions more memorable than others, I’ve come up with 7 principles that you can apply when attending networking events…

1. Create an emotional connection

Yes an obvious one. This is the art of rapport building.  Aim to help people feel important, included and interesting. Then they’ll…

Relationship: a dirty word?

by Melissa

Yesterday was disappointing.

I, as a prospective buyer, had an initial meeting with a large accountancy firm in Bristol.  The crucial part of the conversation went a bit like this,

“So what would you say that you do better than anyone else?” I asked, hoping my accountancy-buying decision was just about…

Avoid this nightmare happening to you…

by Melissa

Picture this – you’re standing in front of an audience of about 150 people, just about to start a speech that you’ve been preparing for yonks.  You haven’t even opened your mouth and suddenly there’s this awful high-pitched squawking from one of the speakers behind you.  The soundman who…

Seasonal survival guide for the reluctant networker

by Melissa

The invitations to drinks parties have probably been arriving. The office party, perhaps somewhat scaled down, still requires attendance.  You inwardly groan as you envisage awkward silences, pointless small talk and much enforced jollity.

During the parties and family get togethers, you may of course want to avoid talking about…

Benefits of a networking buddy

by Melissa

In my early networking days, one of the ways I overcame my reluctance to turn out to events was to get a networking buddy.

My networking buddy was called Suzy and she was an old marketing colleague of mine.  So we would go to events together, get a drink and…

6 ways to overcome networking reluctance

by Melissa

When I decided that I was going to have to get a lot better at networking, I became really curious about what was it specifically that I didn’t like about going to networking events.

And I realised that it’s no wonder so many of us don’t like it because I…

Where to go?

by Melissa

With the explosion of networking clubs and events you could be networking morning, noon and night. But unless we’re strategic about where we spend our time, then we can waste lots of it.  So how do we decide where to go?

Well it’s a big question, and I’m only going…

6 things to do while networking

by Melissa

Let’s face it, we meet a lot of new people at networking events and unless key people remember us and the value that we create then it can be a waste of time. So when we get to an event, what can we do to make sure we’re remembered?

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Top tips for networking at conferences

by Melissa

Part of the reason we go to conferences is to meet other people. Yet how often have you left the event feeling that you made few or no connections? Here are some top tips to help you get the most out of the networking opportunities:

Pre-conference prep

Have a plan. Know…

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