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Being of Service: A Build Your Dream Network Reader Shares Her Story

By May 21, 2018January 15th, 2019No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

Thanks for networking suggestions on Thriveworks re: acting like a host when you want to be approachable in a room. I laughed so hard when I read this because I suddenly realized I do it all the time!

Quick story: when the mother of a law school friend died a couple of years ago, I went to the funeral to support her. I essentially knew no one at the repast so the party planner and connector in me kicked it. I thought someone needs to take charge here by letting people know where to sit, get food for the elderly, etc. — so that’s what I did. Keeping busy and being concerned about the well-being of others, made the sad afternoon an enjoyable experience. I met so many more people, and heard so many more stories about my friend’s mom than I would have had I sat at the corner table with a couple of people I barely knew. Essentially, I made myself of service, for which my friend was eternally grateful for.

J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey is a problem solver who believes that most professional challenges—whether funding, landing a board position or getting a new job—are solved by tapping into networks.Kelly is a popular speaker on networking, community building and investing issues, especially as they relate to women, and has worked with the IEEE, PGA, Bank of America, Apple and countless others. Follow Kelly on Twitter @jkhoey and on Instagram @jkellyhoey and join the #BYDN community at