Business networking

Business networking, or making connections, is an important part of running a business. Business people can’t operate in isolation.

To keep up to date professionally, gather new ideas, talk to clients, grow your customer base or find a new job you need to interact with others.

This can be done online or in person.

Within Wellington there are a number of business networks who meet regularly.

All have a different focus but their main purpose is to support likeminded business people.

Some of the networking groups in the Wellington region include

Chrysalis for women

Future Dragonz : Chinese young professionals network

Meetup – various networking groups have a presence on meetup. Search for what interests you or start your own group

Sustainable business network

Te Awe Wellington Maori business network

Venus

Wellington business network

Wellington Pasifika business network

Women in Leadership Aotearoa

But what if you aren’t a “people person” or are shy or don’t feel like you fit in a crowded room?

Online methods of networking involve social media like Linkedin or connecting via a Twitter or Facebook page.
Wellington Small business group and Small business New Zealand are both members only, moderated facebook groups

Business Networking NZ is another online site

Justin Pot’s article The secret trick that makes networking suck so much less lists some Dos and don’ts on connecting with people online if you don’t know where to start.

In WCL’s ebook collection you will find Devora Zack’s
Networking for people who hate networking : a field guide for introverts, the overwhelmed, and the underconnected
Would you rather get a root canal than face a group of strangers? Does the phrase “working a room” make you want to retreat to yours? Devora Zack, an avowed introvert and successful consultant who gives presentations to thousands of people at dozens of events annually, feels your pain. She found that other networking books assume that to succeed, you have to act like an extrovert. Not at all. There is another way. Zack politely examines and then smashes to tiny fragments the “dusty old rules” of standard networking advice.

A course based on Zack’s writings is the base of a Linkedin learning 

How to Network When You Don’t Like Networking
Devora highlights three critical differences in how introverts and extroverts socialize, from the way they think to the way they talk. She provides tips to smoothly start, sustain, and end conversations, and some advice for presenting yourself and easing any pre-networking jitters. Plus, get practical advice on re-connecting after an event is over and following up in person or online.

Available both online in ebook format and on the shelf as a hard copy is Karen Wickre’s

Taking the work out of networking : an introvert’s guide to making connections that count  

Karen’s “embrace your quiet side” approach is for anyone who finds themselves shying away from traditional networking activities, or for those who would rather be curled up with a good book on a Friday night than out at a party.

If you need more information please contact the Prosearch team at the library. We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources. All enquiries are treated in confidence.

Let’s Stop Talking About Soft Skills: They’re Power Skills

Tech Women NZ invite you to a webinar on 12 October to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day

This webinar will discuss why soft skills such as empathy, listening, being a good team player, thinking holistically, effective communication etc really are business Power Skills and why we need to see more of them in lead roles.

Let’s Stop Talking About Soft Skills: They’re PowerSkills is a title used by Josh Bersin in his on-line publication of the same name , a good read if you get the chance.

Companies of today are not only looking for technical skills, but behavioural skills to increase and support their business.

Skills such as empathy, listening, being a good team player, thinking holistically, effective communication etc – these are as important as having five years of technical experience and certification.

This has often been where women have naturally been the strongest players, but in the IT industry, they have been woefully under-represented at the Senior Leadership Table, as well as within technical teams.

However, things are changing, more women are returning to their IT careers and pockets of strong female leaders have emerged.

Businesses have recognised the worth of behavioural skills and company culture.

Skills that have often taken years to acquire owing to a rollercoaster of experience both at work and in our personal lives.

The webinar is going to discuss why these soft skills really are business Power Skills and why we need to see more of them in lead roles.

Speakers:
Julie Fitzgerald – Organisational Learning Manager at Z Energy NZ
Angela Cunneen – Country Manager at VMware

Event Details:
• Online webinar
• Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm NZST
• Free for members & non-members

Register here