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Listener Questions about Networking

By July 21, 2020No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

In this episode, Kelly answers several listener questions she’s received, including requests for advice from a stay-at-home mom returning to work, a recent undergrad who studied overseas and doesn’t know how to kick-start the job search process back home in the US, and a listener wondering how to gracefully exit an awkward networking conversation.

Key takeaways:

  • Know what you want. People can give you better advice when you have a defined goal.
  • Know your values. Worthwhile connections share your values.
  • Know your fellow alumni. Check in with career services of the school you attended; alumni are some of your most valuable networking connections.
  • Know your network. Don’t overlook the community and friends you interact with regularly.

What to listen for:

  • 00:38    What advice would you give career changers?
  • 02:20    Why you need to lose the transactional “how can you help me” mindset in networking
  • 03:13    How to exit conversations that have become awkward at networking events
  • 04:07    How can I find my network as a recent undergraduate student?
  • 05:36    I’m a stay at home mom seeking a new career; how do I build a network from scratch?


“You want to start down the road to a new career with a clearly defined objective.” [01:07]

Resources: Turn to pages 26 and 59 of Build Your Dream Network to learn how to build a network from scratch!

What is your networking question? Email Kelly at

Listen to this episode of the Build Your Dream Network podcast on Apple podcasts (and subscribe to the podcast too!).

J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Not bad for a former corporate lawyer. She’s a limited partner in two emerging tech funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and can frequently be found on Twitter @jkhoey.