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To our Co-Hosts of our very successful May 13 BizConnect Networking Event!
Networking With Women
By Kuulei Stockman
Which gender would you say networks organically? Men or women? Most would think a minute, then reply, “Women, of course!” What exactly does this mean? Do women network differently than men? Many of us would say, “Yes, indeed!”
The Real Networking Conversation
By Kuulei Stockman
Here’s the scenario: You arrive at a networking event bustling with notable people you typically never have an opportunity to chat with. You want to introduce yourself, share ideas, and maybe meet later for coffee or lunch to start building a relationship. The only problem is you've never met any of these people before, and it scares the living daylights out of you to possibly make an awkward first impression. Well, relax and take a deep breath. There are simple actions you can take to make your next networking event much more enjoyable.
Make yourself interesting by telling a compelling story.
When you first meet people, you should make an effort to graciously make an impression. How does one do this? By storytelling. When you share a story, make sure your point is clear and that you have a punchline, whether it's a takeaway or a witticism. The main reason for this is that most people are uninteresting in their communication approach. Many tend to bring their business acumen and efficient approach when meeting people, often speaking of themselves in dry, monotone ways.
A good way to avoid the “So what do you do?” conversation is to NOT talk about your job. You’ll be amazed at how asking questions about their personal life will make the both of you comfortable and help you get acquainted faster as you get to know each other personally.
Have a conversation topic in your hip pocket.
Whenever there’s a moment of uncomfortable silence in a conversation with someone you’re just meeting for the first time, always have a story about something you’ve been working on or perhaps one of your favorite books, movies, or hobbies. It’s much better than the stale, “So what do you do?” No one wants to share facts; it’s gaining insight to the other person that will start making the connection.
Steve’s passion is helping others. He fulfills this by assisting professionals and families “finance their dreams!” If you haven’t already guessed, Steve is in the mortgage business. He works with Capital One Bank. In his own words, “The mortgage process can be very daunting and my job is to guide you through this exciting and challenging time.”
Because of this, one of Steve’s major objectives is to keep clients informed “EVERY STEP OF THE WAY” through these overwhelming and sometimes intimidating procedures such as educating people on the loan process, qualifying for the right size loan, completing a loan application, providing required supporting documentation, and approving loans in a timely manner. His typical clients are first-time home buyers, those who want to upgrade to a larger home or purchase a second one, professionals interested in rental/investment properties, and refinancing.
Steve indicated that BizConnect helps him grow his business through its networking events. There, he has the opportunity to meet new people, who he can help, and in turn, refer to others in different businesses that may need their particular expertise. Steve was asked if he had any advice to help others grow their business and he quickly replied, “Listen!”