Young Professionals Connected: Your Network is Your Networth

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Baltimore, MD (September 15, 2012) -- Emmelie De La Cruz, founder of The Branding Muse, served as a conference presenter at the Woman Owned & Managed Enterprise Network (W.O.M.E.N.) NEXT conference on Saturday at Morgan State University. The day-long program was developed for emerging women entrepreneurs of color ages 17-24.

Emmelie presented the Young Professionals Connected Session on how to make your network your net worth by building relationships to grow your business and portfolio.

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Young Professionals Connected: Your Network is Your Networth

  1. 1. + Young Professionals Connected Emmelie De La Cruz #womennext
  2. 2. + Introduction Networking Toolkit Stages of Networking Networking Etiquette
  3. 3. + Networking’s Biggest Secret Networking is successful with Confidence and through the elimination of Confusion
  4. 4. + Networking Myths “No one is interested in what I have to say. There is going to be an awkward silence. I’m introverted.”
  5. 5. + Networking Toolkit What you need to have prepared when you network
  6. 6. + Networking Toolkit Business cards LinkedIn Profile Elevator Pitch A purpose A plan
  7. 7. + Elevator Pitch Who are you?/ What do you do? Who do you serve? How can you solve my problem/address my needs?
  8. 8. +Where are younetworking?In classEventsWithin yourorganizationOfficeOnline
  9. 9. + Plan  Checklist:  Stand Out  Start a conversation  Listen – People love to talk about themselves, especially entrepreneurs  Connect what they say to your business  Briefly talk about yourself  Come prepared with questions  You must PUSH yourself outside your boundaries. If you are complacent, you will not excel.
  10. 10. + Plan  What challenges are you facing in your business?”  “Why did you start your business?”  What are you looking forward to learning at this event?”  How did you hear about this event?
  11. 11. + Stages of Networking Introduction Finding Value in the Connection Courtship Exchanging of Messages Relationship Development of mutual understanding
  12. 12. + Networking Etiquette  Wait to be asked for resume or business card  Build relationships first  Be genuine  Fortune is in the follow-up  Give Selflessly to Receive Abundantly
  13. 13. + Conclusion – ABCs of Networking 1. Attract – Attain 2. Brand – Blueprint 3. Confidence – Confusion ~  You only attract what you believe you can attain  Build your Brand with a Blueprint  Convey Confidence and Clear Confusion
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