On Friday, November 1st, we had a workshop about networking. Networking involves interacting with other people to exchange information and develop contacts. SMART Youth learned about the importance of networking both in advocacy and in our future career paths. Plus, we learned new skills to use when connecting with others! Here are just a few of the things we learned:
- Networking is about making a genuine connection with another person. It isn’t always about using someone or a connection for your own benefit.
- Giving off a good first impression is important. To give a good impression, make sure you introduce yourself first, have a firm hand shake, and have good eye contact.
- Nonverbal communication is just as important as verbal communication! Your body language can say a lot about you!
- Before going to an event or meeting, know your goals for meeting other people.