It's been a great year of learning and networking so far, so here's a look back on recent IABC events.
November 19th was IABC's Power of Community event with Brian Crombie. Key tips and takeaways:
1) Relationships are crucial. Taking time to maintain relationships is a significant investment and is often overlooked. More deals take place in coffee shops than in boardrooms, so set aside time each week to call people. Bridging relationships builds communities.
2) Put yourself out there. Talk to new people and always carry your business card with you. Share your business card, share a meal and bring a gift. It's the little things that people will remember! In addition, if you meet someone who you think could benefit from chatting with someone else you know, make the connection. Introduce them and bridge the gap.
. Before a big meeting or presentation, get motivated by listening to a great song. Or, wear a statement piece like a bow tie or really great shoes to give people a conversation starter. If someone else is wearing something similar at an event, use it to spark a conversation!
On December 3, Fanshawe College's CCPR students put on a fabulous holiday social to get us communicators in the spirit. Complete with communications jeopardy, delicious food and a yummy signature beverage, it was a perfect holiday party. To top it off, students and working professionals socialized throughout the entire night, a true networking success.