How to plan and grow your professional network ryla 2012 27012012

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These slides explain the importance and process of Networking.

The presentation was delivered to a group of 600 rotaracters at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference 2012 Conference (RYLA 2012)
Gulu Uganda, 27 January 2012

It provides answers to the following questions:
What is networking?
Why does it matter to you?
and ..
How (not) to do it
How to do it online

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  • I wish everyone listens to David as he shares this,great inspiration and insight in the power of networking.Thanks David was glad to be part of your attentive audience.Ronald
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How to plan and grow your professional network ryla 2012 27012012

  1. 1. How to plan and grow your professional network Presented at Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference 2012 Conference (RYLA 2012) Gulu Uganda, 27 January 2012 David Lambert Tumwesigye [email_address]
  2. 2. Outline <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is networking? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Why does it matter to you? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How (not) to do it? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How to do it online </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What is networking? <ul><li>It’s about building meaningful relationships with people </li></ul><ul><li>It’s about looking out for each other </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not collecting 100s of business cards and phone numbers of “important” people </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why does it matter? <ul><li>Meaningful relations can help you achieve a lot: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide vital information about opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote you and your business </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support you solve your problems </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But it depends on the quality of the network </li></ul>
  5. 5. How to do it effectively <ul><li>Check list for a good start: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are your strengths ? Are you worth knowing? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you know what your networking goals are? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you identify the people that can help you achieve your goals? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you know what it takes to reach out and build relations with them? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What will you do to grow your network </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. 3 things you need to do <ul><ul><li>Excel at what you to and give a reason for your network to promote you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look out for the opportunity to meet your network. Be in the right place and the right time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a network that cuts across your personal growth and development needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Become a CONNECTOR . This is your contribution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*What will your network remember about you?* </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Source: http://www.proactivenetworker.com/index.htm
  8. 8. Types of Networks you need <ul><li>Operational Network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps you learn to do the right things right e.g best practices in your industry, new skills </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Developmental network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For career guidance, professional training advice and mentoring </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strategic Network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps you identify opportunities for your long term growth e.g new and bigger job or businesses </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Where to find your network <ul><li>Among your PEERS-workmates, schoolmates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BUT there is not a lot of new and different things </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Among the people you meet at events like RYLA 2012 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Always look for people that are not in your PEER network </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Building and nurturing your network online <ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn </li></ul><ul><li>Slideshare </li></ul>360 o Campus
  11. 11. Remember: <ul><li>When you meet someone don’t think about what that person can do for you but think about what you can do for them personally </li></ul>
  12. 12. Our mission is to bring people together to interact , share knowledge , opportunities and to have fun . JOIN US! www.the360network.com 01/30/12

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