Get a Better Network

Have you ever been at a networking event when, in the middle of telling your best joke, you are interrupted by a stranger pushing their business card into your chest? That forceful image may be an exaggeration, but it isn’t too far from reality. It’s a good thing though because, although your punchline may have been spoiled, there is something much better to be had: a new connection. This is what makes networking a key part of what we do at the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ). FIRST PILLAR At a recent orientation for the ACCJ’s Chubu chapter, a group of new members and committee leaders were asked which of the ACCJ’s three pillars—networking, information, or advocacy—was the deter­min­ing factor in their decision to join. The vast majority said they joined to expand their network. Later, they were asked about the biggest challenge to growing their companies. Again, most answered networking. It is this building of connections that is, for many professionals, simultaneously the best and most challenging way to find new business. There are a number of reasons why people feel intimidated when they walk into a room full of strangers, or stress about starting and maintaining multiple conversations at an event. Many attendees will likely be from different regions, speak different languages, or work in different industries. There are also unofficial rules of social etiquette that must be understood and followed. NETWORKING MISSTEPS There are a number of bad habits and poor networking behavior that are…
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Get a Better Network
Original Source: ACCJ
Get a Better Network

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