I had some meetings recently and at one of them, I was asked to attend the Wagner College Center for Academic and Career Engagement’s Speed Networking Event on March 2nd. I shared a little bit about this on Instagram but really thought it warranted its own blog post because it was an amazing experience.
The event was held on campus in the Faculty Dining Room; which is a wonderful room for this type of event – open, airy and with enough tables to have each “expert” have their own table. Everyone who was there was representing themselves, their businesses, experiences and giving back to the students who need a “safe” place to practice networking.
There were 9 experts there representing all different industries and roles – from finance to publishing to electrical and entrepreneurs and corporate types, too. Or like me, someone who is Corporate, Entrepreneur and Executive all rolled into one!
Each expert stayed seated and the students moved from table to table every 10 minutes. The students were professional to the “t” from clothing to hair / makeup (if applicable) and demeanor. It was an amazing proud moment for me to see so many college students doing so much so well. I cannot take credit for it but I definitely think I helped them even more with professionalism and networking skills in the ten minutes I had them at my table.
Also, I gave them all my business card and I am hoping to hear from some (or all) of them in terms of creating a networking / mentoring relationship. I feel I met many amazing future leaders in business, sociology, law enforcement and maybe a few future NFL players, too.
I got to talk about principles and lessons from my book on Entrepreneur-ING in terms of how to be motivated, proactive and focused in careers. We chatted about how I run my day and where I see my company and it was challenging for me to think this through with each mini-audience in terms of where I do see my company. I was able to tell them about my 1600+ website visitors per week and some of them brainstormed with me on new marketing tips I could use for promoting my site and message and books. It was a give and take even though I was there to “teach” them! Which is how I have found all of the teaching moments in my career / life, I give but get more back than I could ever give.
In terms of my business and growth potential, I can definitely see the possibilities of this little company I launched in July growing within the next 6-12 months where I could be hiring help or interns. In fact, I recently signed up for a table at the upcoming Wagner College / St John’s University Career Fair to begin canvassing for talent willing to help me with some new initiatives.
More to come on my blog and social media about my new initiatives. I am hopeful to have built some mentoring relationships last night and I offered copies of my new book to anyone who asked for it via email so I hope to be sending out some packages soon! You can order your own copy of my books here Lisa Vento Nielsen Author Page on Amazon.com.
What do you think about networking? Did you ever attend an event like this at your school? What would you have wanted to know about networking but never had the courage / opportunity to ask? The best part about this event was we could just share our real-world tips and encourage the students to always network and my biggest advice of the night was to recognize the give and take in relationships and to network by sharing some knowledge, advice, article or something to build a relationship and not to just ask for something. Common sense but I got to give specific examples to them in mini-lessons because that is how this prof teaches! Happy Hunting!
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