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Successful Networking Attire Etiquette & Chit-Chat Jeff Pelletier (@JeffBC94) The Ohio Union
Components of Successful Networking Networking Basics Networking Activity Working with Food Tips for Student Success Quest...
Networking Rules to Live By <ul><li>The Rule of 12… </li></ul><ul><li>Nametags – always on the right side </li></ul><ul><l...
Proper Introductions <ul><li>Say the name of the most important person first, then the name of the person being introduced...
The Business Card <ul><li>When presented with one, hold it and look at it; do not put it right away </li></ul><ul><li>Neve...
Networking Tips and Tricks <ul><li>Always stand when being introduced, and shake hands </li></ul><ul><li>Make friends befo...
Conversation Starters <ul><li>Screw ‘em… </li></ul><ul><li>The Golden Question – F ‘em! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Family/Frien...
Entering or Leaving a Conversation <ul><li>Entering </li></ul><ul><li>Wait for a natural break </li></ul><ul><li>Establish...
Tips for Shy Networkers <ul><li>Understand your strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Be a good listener </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer...
Networking with Food <ul><li>Use a nearby table to place plate or glass </li></ul><ul><li>Food or beverage alone is easier...
Activity <ul><li>In groups of 3 - 5, practice! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Handshakes (if feasible) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E...
Some Questions For Today <ul><li>What are you looking forward to most about Spring quarter at Ohio State? </li></ul><ul><l...
How did it go? What did not What worked What do I do if…
Dress for Success <ul><li>Formal </li></ul><ul><li>Dressy/Business Dress </li></ul><ul><li>Snappy Casual </li></ul><ul><li...
A Piece of Advice… <ul><li>Write thank you notes </li></ul><ul><li>RSVP - what it means and how to do it </li></ul><ul><li...
Conclusion Comments Questions Feedback
Acing the Interview <ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Get Yourself Together </li></ul><ul><li>Be punctual </li></ul><ul><...
Signature Line – What Not to Do <ul><li>Trevor S.  </li></ul><ul><li>University of Michigan 2011 - LSA English </li></ul><...
At the Table – Pop Quiz! <ul><li>Which Fork is Which? </li></ul><ul><li>Grab a Goblet… </li></ul><ul><li>To Butter, or Not...
Hosting a Successful Networking Event <ul><li>Tailor comments to type of event </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tailgate </li></ul></...
Conversation Starters <ul><li>Have good FORM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organization </li></ul>...
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The Art of Networking

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The Art of Networking

  1. 1. Successful Networking Attire Etiquette & Chit-Chat Jeff Pelletier (@JeffBC94) The Ohio Union
  2. 2. Components of Successful Networking Networking Basics Networking Activity Working with Food Tips for Student Success Questions
  3. 3. Networking Rules to Live By <ul><li>The Rule of 12… </li></ul><ul><li>Nametags – always on the right side </li></ul><ul><li>Every time you meet someone </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stand when being introduced </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look them in the eye </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give a firm handshake </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Greet them by name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Say your name slowly when introducing yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smile </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Proper Introductions <ul><li>Say the name of the most important person first, then the name of the person being introduced </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Mr. Obama, this is Brutus Buckeye.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Introduce people in the following order </li></ul><ul><ul><li>younger to older </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>non-official to official </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>colleague to customer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Clarify your relationship with the person </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Jeff works at the Ohio Union at Ohio State” </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Business Card <ul><li>When presented with one, hold it and look at it; do not put it right away </li></ul><ul><li>Never offer a business card at a table (unless it is asked of you); wait until the meal is wrapped up </li></ul><ul><li>Keep business cards with you – you never know who you might meet and when </li></ul><ul><li>Better to offer a business card than a resume </li></ul>
  6. 6. Networking Tips and Tricks <ul><li>Always stand when being introduced, and shake hands </li></ul><ul><li>Make friends before you need them </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t keep score </li></ul><ul><li>Be interesting - craft your “elevator speech” </li></ul><ul><li>Show interest in others </li></ul>
  7. 7. Conversation Starters <ul><li>Screw ‘em… </li></ul><ul><li>The Golden Question – F ‘em! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Family/Friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Favorites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Future </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fun </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Entering or Leaving a Conversation <ul><li>Entering </li></ul><ul><li>Wait for a natural break </li></ul><ul><li>Establish eye contact to gain an invitation </li></ul><ul><li>Try not to jump in right away </li></ul><ul><li>Leaving </li></ul><ul><li>Wait for a natural break </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’d like to catch up with you more later” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I just saw my friend…” </li></ul>
  9. 9. Tips for Shy Networkers <ul><li>Understand your strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Be a good listener </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer to help others </li></ul><ul><li>Adopt a mentor to help you </li></ul><ul><li>Practice! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Networking with Food <ul><li>Use a nearby table to place plate or glass </li></ul><ul><li>Food or beverage alone is easier than both together </li></ul><ul><li>The reception is not a meal replacement </li></ul><ul><li>Go back for seconds, rather than fill up early </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid having to use a knife </li></ul>
  11. 11. Activity <ul><li>In groups of 3 - 5, practice! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Handshakes (if feasible) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establish good eye contact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repeat/remember names </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asking (and answering) your golden questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entering and leaving a conversation </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Some Questions For Today <ul><li>What are you looking forward to most about Spring quarter at Ohio State? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your favorite thing about Ohio State? </li></ul><ul><li>What are you involved with on campus? </li></ul><ul><li>What do few people know about your hometown? </li></ul>
  13. 13. How did it go? What did not What worked What do I do if…
  14. 14. Dress for Success <ul><li>Formal </li></ul><ul><li>Dressy/Business Dress </li></ul><ul><li>Snappy Casual </li></ul><ul><li>Business Casual </li></ul><ul><li>Casual </li></ul><ul><li>College Casual/Don’t Dress Up </li></ul>
  15. 15. A Piece of Advice… <ul><li>Write thank you notes </li></ul><ul><li>RSVP - what it means and how to do it </li></ul><ul><li>Background information is okay </li></ul><ul><li>Speak slowly; leave your phone number </li></ul><ul><li>Notify your host in advance if you will miss a meeting/class, or arrive late </li></ul><ul><li>Power Down! </li></ul><ul><li>Match your response & watch response time </li></ul><ul><li>Distinguish professional/personal e-mail/phone calls (caps lock, smileys, signature lines, fonts) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Conclusion Comments Questions Feedback
  17. 17. Acing the Interview <ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Get Yourself Together </li></ul><ul><li>Be punctual </li></ul><ul><li>Moment of Truth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stand when being introduced </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eye contact; Handshake </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use nonverbals; Posture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listen actively; Take notes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relax; Stand Out </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Signature Line – What Not to Do <ul><li>Trevor S. </li></ul><ul><li>University of Michigan 2011 - LSA English </li></ul><ul><li>123.456.7890 </li></ul><ul><li>UAC, Vice Pres. - Marketing </li></ul><ul><li>College of Pharmacy, ITS Technician </li></ul><ul><li>Undergraduate English Association, Exec. Board & Webmaster </li></ul><ul><li>Xylem Literary Magazine, Design & Web Editor </li></ul><ul><li>Every Three Weekly, Web Editor </li></ul><ul><li>The Detroit Partnership, Webmaster </li></ul><ul><li>Fortnight Literary Magazine, Design & Web Editor </li></ul><ul><li>M-Flicks, Event Coordinator </li></ul>
  19. 19. At the Table – Pop Quiz! <ul><li>Which Fork is Which? </li></ul><ul><li>Grab a Goblet… </li></ul><ul><li>To Butter, or Not to Butter… </li></ul><ul><li>This Sauce is Delicious! </li></ul><ul><li>The Marriage of Etiquette </li></ul><ul><li>When in doubt… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow the leader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use common sense </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t make a mess </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Hosting a Successful Networking Event <ul><li>Tailor comments to type of event </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tailgate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business event </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Admitted/Prospective Student Information Session </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Always have nametags – preprinted if possible </li></ul><ul><li>Food – light, finger-ready </li></ul><ul><li>Help make the space network-capable </li></ul><ul><li>Specify dress and RSVP information in invitations </li></ul><ul><li>Role model good networking behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Have your “A-Team” to help the room </li></ul>
  21. 21. Conversation Starters <ul><li>Have good FORM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recreation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t ask what, ask why </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why did you pick that major </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why do you enjoy working here </li></ul></ul>

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