We know networking is essential to success in business and career management. It should be a staple in your career strategy, but I know it’s not for everyone. I think the book, The Etiquette Edge; Modern Manners for Business Success by Dr. Beverly Langford is perfect for those who are struggling with networking as a thing rather than networking as a way of life.
How has networking helped you and your career? I would love to hear from you in one of three ways:
- Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number
- Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message
- Send email feedback to email@example.com
Beverly Langford, Ph.D. is president of LMA Communication, that specializes in strategic communication and interpersonal effectiveness. She is a professor at Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. She has been quoted in large print and online publications such as the New York Times and Forbes.
Here are a few highlights of our conversation:
- Networking is essential for mutual benefit, not just the job seeker
- Plan to give much more than receiving (perhaps 5-6 times more)
- Schmoozing could intimidate an introvert but he or she may have the advantage because they listen intently
- Schmoozing is most effective when it’s “others focused”
- Clarity is essential for the initiator of the coffee or lunch meeting. Have one or two clear objectives before meeting
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