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How To Be Memorable When Networking

By November 4, 2020No Comments
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Wondering how to be memorable?

Who to focus your precious limited networking time on? 

Ah, questions I’ve recently been asked (and asked before) and this quote pulled from the New York Business Journal sums up my attitude on these two queries rather perfectly: 

“…People think a title is what matters and that’s how they decide who gets their time, but that’s social climbing and opportunistic — not great qualities in any person — and short-sighted if we’re speaking in the opportunistic sense. In other words, one day, the young intern you are ignoring — just so you can get “face-time” with the big boss — is going to be a big boss themselves. When that happens and you cross paths again, they will remember how you made them feel, so do not underestimate anyone or undervalue their worth no matter their title…”  – Meriam Nazih Al-Rashid, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

So instead of wondering how and who in the old schmoozing, transactional, it’s all about ME way, think about: 

  1. How you make everyone you come into contact with feel, every single day of the week. 
  2. Focusing your networking efforts on values (i.e. empathy, trustworthiness, honesty, decency) not titles.
  3. Stepping into each networking opportunity with respect. Respect for someone’s time, for their experience, for their career connections….for the fact that they are willing to share any of these personal assets with you. 

Yes, I’ve touched on these themes before, so if you need more, check out: 

Then at 02:20  in this #BYDN podcast “listener questions” episode I share “Why you need to lose the transactional “how can you help me” mindset in networking“. 

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