Office Location: Irvine, CA
Professionals in Attendance:
Speaker Meeting Topic: Networking 101
- Handshake: a proper handshake communicates professionalism, confidence, and credibility.
- Posture: use “open posture” which means standing tall with arms at sides.
- Eye Contact: maintain eye contact during the introduction.
- Voice: Not too soft and not shouting. Clear and confident, not soft or hesitant.
- Attire: Dress for the occasion, but dress to impress.
- Intentional: Know what you want and go to events that will help you get there. (Ex. Going to networking events to network with firms.)
- Aware: Know what is going on and be in the moment when you are there. Remember people and what they say.
- Persistent: Follow up with people. Go after what you want. Be smart.
- Prepared: Go with a goal, have resumes ready, consider conversation topics prior to the event, plan and practice your self-introduction.
- Prepare for and practice small talk. Small talk makes people comfortable, allows you to find common connections, and leads to relationships.
- Ex.) Talk about the event (turnout, food, venue, etc.), current events (keep it less controversial), hobbies and interests, sports, or weather.
- Each firm has their own unique culture and you will only be truly happy and successful in your career if you are able to find the right fit for you.
- If you must be someone else to “fit in” with the firm, reconsider working there.
o Now that you’ve joined and carried on a conversation, how do you politely exit the conversation?
o Some examples include:
- “Excuse me, I see someone I’ve been meaning to speak with. It was a pleasure meeting you.”
- “It was great to meet you and learn more about...”
- “I’d like to get your card so we can talk more another time.”
o Breaking away is a good time to get their business card (if you forgot their name during the conversation, getting their card is a good way to refresh your memory).
Useful Tips from RSM Professionals:
networking. This is what helps differentiate you and would help show that you aren’t just a robot and would be someone they would enjoy working with.
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