Detroitnet.org Presentation at Shifting Gears

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Bob and Dave from Detroitnet.org gave a presentation at the Shifting Gears event in Lansing on July 27, 2011. If only there was a way to embed in here all of the great conversation and Q&A that took place along the way...

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Detroitnet.org Presentation at Shifting Gears

  1. 1. Detroitnet.org’s 10 Commandments of Networking
  2. 2. Who/What is Detroitnet.org?  <ul><li>Founded in 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>2,600+ members </li></ul><ul><li>Holds monthly meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Never made $1 </li></ul><ul><li>No random sponsors </li></ul><ul><li>No guest speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Never sold a name </li></ul><ul><li>Featured in Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Oakland Press, Fox 2, WDIV, WXYZ, Crain’s Detroit, GLITR… </li></ul>
  3. 3. COMMANDMENT #1 Thou Shall Understand The Importance Of Networking <ul><li>Show up to events </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be “that guy” </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up </li></ul>
  4. 4. COMMANDMENT #2 Beware of False Prophets <ul><li>Find out which events suck </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t pay $20 to listen to some guy talk about how awesome Twitter is. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions </li></ul>
  5. 5. COMMANDMENT #3 Thou Shall Not Lie a.k.a. &quot;Be Yourself” <ul><li>It is what it is. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t try to be everything to everyone. </li></ul><ul><li>No one is impressed by what/who you know. </li></ul>
  6. 6. COMMANDMENT #4 Thou Shall Remember To Keep It In Perspective <ul><li>It’s not about “now”. </li></ul><ul><li>A network is like a relationship. </li></ul><ul><li>Make reasonable goals. </li></ul>
  7. 7. COMMANDMENT #5 Thou Shall Honor The Event <ul><li>Treat the event for what it is. </li></ul><ul><li>Leave the hard sell at home. </li></ul><ul><li>If the event is not for you, simply leave. </li></ul>
  8. 8. COMMANDMENT #6 Thou Shall Not Steal <ul><li>It’s a small world out there… </li></ul>
  9. 9. COMMANDMENT #7 Thou Shall Not Pitch <ul><li>No 60 second elevator pitch </li></ul><ul><li>It’s interactive, not droning </li></ul>
  10. 10. COMMANDMENT #8 Thou Shall Remember Thy Limits <ul><li>Don’t drink too much (see: “that guy”) </li></ul><ul><li>Easy on the jokes… </li></ul>
  11. 11. COMMANDMENT #9 Thou Shall Be Prepared <ul><li>Know what you want, even if it’s nothing at all </li></ul><ul><li>Bring cards </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up </li></ul>
  12. 12. COMMANDMENT #10 It Will Only Be What You Make Of It
  13. 13. For other networking hints, tips, tricks and more, hit our site… <ul><li>Don’t Be That Guy </li></ul><ul><li>Networking Basics </li></ul><ul><li>Random Thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>Event Listings </li></ul><ul><li>For Job Seekers </li></ul><ul><li>For Recruiters </li></ul><ul><li>FAQs </li></ul><ul><li>Jobs </li></ul>
  14. 14. Thank you. Bob and Dave detroitnet.org [email_address]  
  15. 15. Questions? I’m not really comfortable in social settings…how do I start? How do I find out which events are good? DO I HAVE TO DRINK? How do I start? What about my church? What should I look for? Why not just stick with job fairs? Does this REALLY work?

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