Ahh, networking -everything about it intimidates me. Friends are always surprised by this, but it is so very true. You can usually find me in the hallways not networking labouring some poor ol' girlfriend of mine to hold conversation with me on the phone until the appropriate time comes to huddle myself inside to an event.
Really selling myself as a winner, aren't I? ;)
Having said all that, I am terribly curious and enthusiastic about learning about people’s journeys, the world of business and tech and well every now and again, vulnerability in this sort of situation takes a firm backseat.
And I hope that in the small chance that I am not alone in this, I'd share a little summary of a few things I took away from a few incredible women who spoke about turbo-charging careers on an early Tuesday networking morning a few years ago.
Mary Moloney , Senior Managing Director at Teneo Holdings, a global advisory firm that works with the Senior teams at many of the world’s largest companies and organisations and prior Global CEO of CoderDojo, a Global network of programming clubs for young people.
There are often patterns and phases in careers: the high achieving/’go-getter’ phase, the reflection period and then finally one of change and fulfilment.
To be at the top of your game: recognise where you excel, what your skills are and how it benefits your industry.
The people who you spend time with are fundamental to your happiness. Surround yourself with people who won't let you get lost in the woods. Find your advocates.
Role models and mentors are essential: they help you aim higher and achieve more.
On the next opportunity that awaits: Don't wait until you're perfect. Ignore your inner critic. Just go for it.
We need to know about the internet! Huge opportunities in big data, analytics and security.
“To succeed in life you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone” Reba McEntire
Charley Stoney, the new CEO of IAPI, leading representative and advocacy organisation for the Irish marketing and communications sector.
As women, we can often foster the feeling of being an 'imposter' or that it's only a matter of time before being 'found out'. Identify and be aware of it (you are not alone!) and then dismiss it.
Be clear and articulate in your communication. No one is a mind reader.
Timing: set a finite schedule to challenge yourself and then move forward.
Natasha Fennell, Director at Stillwater Communications, an award-winning communications and storytelling consultancy.
Interviews = a meeting of minds/ a conversation/ a scenario where they have a problem and you have the solution.
Reality is never as bad as the fear of the 'unknown'.
On matching values with a company/brand: if the shoe doesn't fit, find another one.
Be prepared. Know how to explain your skills, breadth of experience, give an example and share insight in what you have learned from it all.
Communication is at the heart of everything.
It was an inspiring morning from IMAGE. And I loved that all three women spoke about gratitude and kindness being essential factors in their success stories. Turns out this networking business might not be so scary after all, friends. If you’re interested, their event page full of inspiration is here!