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10 Tips for networking success

Networking can feel daunting for many. The idea of walking up to strangers at an event to spark up a conversation may fill the average person with panic, anxiety and could give them clammy hands.

Here are some tips to help you along your way:

Breathe
Take a deep breath and relax. Remember if you’re at a networking event everyone present is there for the same reason as you: to network and make connections. Try doing some deep breathing exercises to help you calm down: breathe in on the count of four, hold for the count of four and slowly release your breath for the count of four.

Attend events
There are events for every industry, be it tradeshows, meet-up events, conferences, breakfast seminars or lunch events. They all provide great networking opportunities. Make sure you are researching and attending relevant events to make new contacts.

Interact online
Don’t forget there are plenty of opportunities to network online via social platforms like LinkedIn and Facebook where you can find various groups with which to engage. There is also Instagram and Twitter, where you can participate in chats such as ‘#Bizhour’ which provide an opportunity to network with others from around the world.

Be visible
There’s no point going to a networking event and then hiding in the corner. Let your presence be known –go and introduce yourself and don’t forget to take your business cards. Remember to note down your new contacts.
I wrote this article for MBA World and you can read more here:

https://community.mbaworld.com/blog/b/weblog/posts/10-tips-for-networking-success#p8UBKa8d5tM2CEv3.99

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Your CAREER, how to do what you want when you want

Are you looking for a change in your work life? Do you feel like work is depriving you of your happiness? Are you fed up of the 9-5 grind? Do you feel like you are ready to make the next move in your career but not sure what to do? Or maybe you feel like your career is stagnating and you’re at an intersection of indecision.

Working in a 9-5 (usually longer) can start off nicely, but soon morph into a living nightmare. It can be restrictive, time consuming and if you don’t like your job, an extremely unsatisfactory and depressing daily experience. At one point in my career, I felt trapped and depressed, plodding along in my 9-5 job until I decided to step-up and make a change. I wanted to have control over my life and how I spent
my time, so I decided to set up my own consultancy. If you like the sound of being your own boss, deciding when and where you work, you should seriously consider becoming a consultant. It’s a great way to free yourself from the 9-5 drudgery, by using the skills you already have.

Working as a consultant in the field you already specialise in, means, you can choose to work independently or with others. You can remain an independent, or decide to scale up, hire staff and delegate. You can choose to work from anywhere in world. The decision is entirely yours to make and boils down to how much responsibility you want to take on and how it will impact your work-life balance. I know lots of consultants that split their time between living in the UK and abroad
because being a consultant allows them the freedom to do so.

You can read the rest of my article over on Irish Tech News – Link below.

Your Career, How to do what you want and when you want.

 

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8 signs that you need to change careers and kiss your 9-5 goodbye

Remaining in a job you hate is more common than you realise, even if you’re high up the corporate ladder. This is something I identified with, that was, until I left my comfortable management position to become my own boss and freed myself from the 9-5.

Before I took the leap, I had to re-evaluate myself. I wanted to make a career change but to be honest, I was a bit scared to step-up. I soon realised that I was getting in my own way of progression – why? Because of the types of conversation I was having with myself. We can often be dismissive and quick to diminish our own self-worth.

How many times have you talked yourself out of opportunities? How many times have you told yourself you are not good enough or just lacked self-belief to go for what you really want in life? Don’t deprive yourself of your goals and aspirations any longer, it’s ok to be different and do things your way.

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If you are at a careers cross road, no matter where you are in the corporate chain, here are eight signs you need to say goodbye to your 9-5.

1. You’re unhappy on a daily basis – Everyday feels like blue Monday and Friday is the best day of the week because it’s the last. You hate being at your job and you are only there because you have to pay your bills. You live for the weekends and holidays and dread when Monday rolls around.

To read the rest of the key signs I flag in this article I wrote for Real Business click here.