Getting where you want in your career is often a winding path. But being an effective networker is a useful tool to navigate this sometimes uncertain journey. That’s why we were pleased to recently host Inforum at our Southfield, Michigan, headquarters for an interactive learning session – The Art of Meeting for Coffee – about how to improve networking skills. Inforum is a professional organization dedicated to accelerating women’s careers and boosting talent initiatives for Michigan’s business community.
At the event, Inforum CEO Terry Barclay and Meller Marketing Founder Brenda Meller shared their tips and strategies to create more meaningful professional relationships – in person and online. They tackled big questions, like what does your personal brand say about you? How can you influence what others think? And both spoke to personal experiences they had in finding answers to these important career questions.
One of the main takeaways from their discussion was simple, yet valuable: your approach to networking should focus on how you can help the person you are conversing with, and don’t expect immediate support in return. Networking is collaborative, and when you help others, it ultimately will come back to you. That’s a good philosophy, for work or otherwise.
Click here to learn more about how Inforum advocates for women in the workplace.