Teaching Students the Power of Relationships


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As part of Wharton's Seminar for High School Educators in June 2014, presented how to teach high school students the power of relationships and professional networking.

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  • 1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://blog.jobfully.com/2010/07/the-math-behind-the-networking-claim/
    2 The Nielson Company, http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2009/global-advertising-consumers-trust-real-friends-and-virtual-strangers-the-most.html
  • Teaching Students the Power of Relationships

    1. 1. Teaching Your Students the Power of Relationships PwC-KWHS Seminar for High School Educators Sachin Rekhi
    2. 2. 1. My Story 2. Why Relationships Matter 3. The Power of Social Networks 4. Bringing Relationships to Your Classroom 5. Q & A Agenda
    3. 3. My Story
    4. 4. 1983 1997 2001
    5. 5. LinkedIn Contacts 2005 2007 2010
    6. 6. My Real Story
    7. 7. 7
    8. 8. 8 “Your ideas don’t matter unless you can effectively socialize them.” Stephanie Saad, Microsoft manager & mentor
    9. 9. Gus Tai, Partner, Trinity Ventures My investor, advisor, mentor, and…
    10. 10. 10 My Real Story
    11. 11. Why Relationships Matter
    12. 12. Of all jobs are found through networking Of people trust recommendations from people they know 70% 90%
    13. 13. 13 The Importance of Weak Ties “We are most often hiring, getting hired by, and closing deals not with our best friends and family members, but with acquaintances, friends of friends, and people we have just met.”
    14. 14. 14 The Power of the 2nd Degree Your network is larger than you think because of your friends of friends
    15. 15. The Power of Social Networks
    16. 16. 2K Connections 1.3M People
    17. 17. Bringing Relationships to Your Classroom
    18. 18. 1. How to leverage relationships to make today’s decisions 2. How to invest in building relationships 3. Overcoming the fear Bringing Relationships to Your Classroom
    19. 19. Have your students pick a question they may be grappling with: 1. I’m trying to decide which college to go to that is the best fit for my aspirations 2. I think I might be interested in a certain career, but I’m not exactly sure what that looks like 3. I want to find a way to contribute to this cause I care deeply about, but I’m not sure where to get started Classroom Exercise: Leveraging Relationships
    20. 20. Then have your students answer each of these questions: 1. What resources would you leverage today to help answer this question? 2. How could you instead use your network to get better answers? 3. How could you also leverage social networks? Classroom Exercise: Leveraging Relationships
    21. 21. 1. Existing resources? – Search online about the career – Go to the library to find resources – Talk to my guidance counselor & teachers about career options 2. Leverage your network? – Ask my parents who they know in the profession for advice – Ask my friend’s parents who are in the profession for advice – Ask my counselor for alumni of my school that may be in the profession 3. Leverage social networks? – Find friends of friends I can get an introduction to who are in my desired career Classroom Exercise: Leveraging Relationships
    22. 22. 23 Classroom Exercise: Leveraging Relationships
    23. 23. Have your students draw their personal network: 1. Identify distinct groups of people where you know 5 or more people 2. Detail how frequently you interact with each group 3. Determine how you could stay in touch better with the least frequent groups 4. Think about how you could expand your network to new groups Classroom Exercise: Investing in Relationships
    24. 24. Overcoming the Fear
    25. 25. The Reality
    26. 26. Q & A
    27. 27. http://www.sachinrekhi.com @sachinrekhi