“The May Lunch and Learn was one of the best I ever attended.” That’s a real quote from the feedback received from Joe Sweeney’s program on “Networking is a Contact Sport”. CARW members heard from author and national speaker, Joe Sweeney, on the art of networking and how to maximize networking for business. He left us not only with a few take aways, but the opportunity to participate in an online coaching series that takes the learnings to another level.
Among the presentation highlights:
“Find something personal, and do something memorable.”
Networking is not always easy, and it can be difficult to stand out in the crowd. Joe advised us all to “find something personal, and do something memorable.” Ask the right questions, get to know people on a personal level, and write a letter or send a gift that reminds them of you.
The Sweeney 22
Joe introduced a questionnaire known as the Sweeney 22. This is a list of 22 questions that prompt you to learn more about someone else. You can come up with something memorable to do by getting answers to these questions. Did someone you networked with mention their favorite sport to play is tennis? Send them a subscription to a tennis magazine!
Tip a $2 bill.
Tipping a $2 bill at a restaurant may sound cheap, but the whole point is to pay it forward with something different. Handing someone two single dollar bills means nothing, but sending a rare $2 bill catches them by surprise and gives them a little bit of excitement to pass it on themselves. It starts a conversation with the server or people around you. And from that, you never know where the conversation will go.
Even though it was a work function, Joe still gave us homework – he asked us to figure out what we needed to do to make sure our lives were great – so that when we’re 95 and in a rocking chair, we can answer “YES” to the question: Did I give more to life than what I took?”
To contact Joe or access resources, including his presentation and the Sweeney 22, click HERE.