You've only been on the job for a month and your boss tells you he wants you to attend the company's biggest networking event of the year.
What do you wear? How do you act? Who should you talk to?
It's easy. Just be yourself.
I was in this boat a few months ago when I came on board at Lehigh Valley Business, and I must say, I was a bit nervous, but not as much as I had imagined I would be.
Fortunately, I have had some experience networking with various people through the years, those from many walks of life, as an organizer for charity events in the Greater Lehigh Valley and working in a variety of restaurants.
Being comfortable with striking up conversations with people I have never met has become a liking of mine. In fact, a lot of times I find myself going out of my way to say hello or to talk with someone I don't know.
I have found that sometimes it can make someone's day when you notice them and take the time to let their voices be heard. And typically, I walk away from the conversation with an added wealth of knowledge.
Armed with this networking tool on my belt, I was prepared and eager to meet the many men and women at our big company event, those who are heading powerful businesses that make up the heart of the Greater Lehigh Valley's economy. I truly felt honored for the opportunity to be in their presence. And, I have to say, I met some of the most fascinating people that night.
Everyone has a story to tell, especially business owners and businesspeople, and sharing those stories can be a great way to connect the dots to unanswered questions or to ignite cultivating ideas. Ultimately, it keeps us connected.
For me, networking is what brought me to where I am today and to LVB, and I am so excited to be a medium for the voices and stories of the Greater Lehigh Valley businesses to be heard.