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Crafting connections, Personal tales unfold, Networking begins.

This month we learned from our community about what is and is not working.

The Hustle Hour does business differently. So do you. So let’s dig in to some of the insights to share with the community.


The panel

Moderator: Nick Spinelli, Tucson Business Engagement Manager Arizona Local First.

Each member exemplifies the power of embracing the networking process. Their stories underscore the importance of perseverance, community-building, and continuous self-improvement in forging meaningful business relationships.

Frank believes in consistency and sees networking as integral to his identity. He attends a fixed number of events weekly, stressing the importance of authenticity in all interactions.

Stephanie focuses on engagement and empathy in her networking approach. She values authentic connections, asking about others’ challenges, and showing empathy by being mindful of their stress levels.

For Frank, professionalism in networking means leaving a lasting impression through genuine presence and trustworthiness. He emphasizes building trust over time through consistent authenticity.

Chrisie underscores the significance of personal branding and emotional connections. She encourages sharing personal stories and passions, fostering genuine relationships through emotional resonance.

Jason and Chrisie discussed the importance of effective communication and conflict resolution in networking. They advocate for active listening, thoughtful responses, and emotional management to navigate challenging interactions positively.

What are some take aways when you’re looking for a networking event?

  1. Quality Over Quantity: Prioritize meaningful connections and engaged conversations over merely collecting business cards or meeting as many people as possible.
  2. Authenticity: Seek events where they can be themselves and where others are genuine, fostering an environment of authenticity and openness.
  3. Content and Education: Appreciate networking events that offer valuable content or educational opportunities, allowing for both personal and professional development.
  4. Energy and Engagement: Positive energy and vibrant atmospheres, where interactions are engaged and enriching.
  5. Alignment: They emphasized the importance of aligning networking efforts with personal interests and goals, attending events that resonate with their values and passions.
  6. Balance and Boundaries: Recognize the importance of balance and set boundaries for themselves, limiting the number of events they attend to maintain their energy and focus.

So what about the considerations in applying those values?

  1. Consistency and Identity: Frank values consistency in networking by attending a set number of events per week, viewing networking as part of his identity. He emphasizes the importance of being genuine and true to oneself in interactions.
  2. Engagement and Empathy: Stephanie prioritizes engaging with others authentically, showing empathy by asking about their challenges and being mindful of their stress levels. She believes in building connections through understanding and consideration.
  3. Professionalism and Authenticity: Frank highlights professionalism in networking as creating a lasting impression through consistent presence and authenticity. He stresses the importance of being genuine and building trust over time.
  4. Personal Brand and Emotional Connection: Chrisie emphasizes the importance of personal branding and emotional connections in networking. She encourages individuals to share their personal stories and passions, as well as to connect with others on an emotional level to foster genuine relationships.
  5. Communication and Conflict Resolution: Jason and Chrisie discuss challenges in networking related to communication and conflict resolution. They advocate for active listening, thoughtful responses, and managing emotions effectively to navigate challenging interactions and build positive relationships.

Did you go?
What did you think?
What will change in your networking strategy?

-Rye

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