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Episode Info: Ever wonder how to network and build professional relationships that count? Or how to have a great elevator pitch and a successful advice call? Our guest Colleen Clarke has the answers to all those questions and so much more. Weather you work in a corporation or an entrepreneur you will want to hear Colleen’s tips, success stories and processes.     BIO: COLLEEN CLARKE is a highly recognized career specialist, corporate trainer, and public speaker in the areas of career management and transition, communication and networking. For the past 20+ years she has motivated, inspired and counseled thousands of groups and individuals to maximize their career potential. Colleen is also a certified Workplace Coach with the Adler Institute. She is author of "Networking How To Build Relationships That Count" and "How To Get a Job and Keep It" and co-author of "The Power of Mentorship: The Mastermind Group". 4:19 – Listen to what motivated Colleen to start her own business.  How after 16 jobs she knew what she wanted to do. Hear how she started a networking group which morphed into a career counselling business and being a well sought-after speaker. 10:43- Colleen mentions that networking is not just about who you know but who knows you. 11:35- Discussion on networking and defining what kind of networking we are discussing. Job search Changing your career Transition in your life Starting your own business Colleen explains the importance of face to face networking and building a relationship. Finding the right people to network with has a much to do with what you want to do and be. Tips on how to search for people that do what your want to do and have had a similar path so you will get more answers. 13:55 – More tips on networking. One of the most important aspects of networking, is not to think the person you are speaking to is going to be able to offer you a position. That is not why you are networking. You want to let people know what you are looking for, so you have another set of ears and eyes looking for you and to build a data resource base. 14:22 – Suggestions on how to manage your data resource base on how to use it. 15:28 – Furthermore hear Colleen talk about how important it is to maintain those relationships in your data resource base and how to do that effectively. A couple of suggestions; 1. Group email 2. Post on linked in and content suggestions. 16:31 – Conversation about fears of networking. Tips on where to go to network. Associations in your own industry Join groups, example Company of Women Going to meeting Sitting on committees Greeter at events Take registration at a conference and golf tournaments Volunteering outside of your industry. 19:41- How to be more visible. It takes time to be more visible, but you don’t have to do it every day.  People should say you are everywhere, and you are easy to find. 21:29 -Networking is work,it is a science, an art, you must like people. Even if an introvert you can be effective in...
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