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Networking In Enclosed Spaces….

By September 27, 2017January 22nd, 2019No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

It’s bound to happen. Stuck in the window seat on a long haul flight or in an elevator with the company VIP….Networking in a confined space (elevator or airplane or subway)…can either be creepy or an opportunity or…read on to see what my network has to say:

  • A delicate exercise and requires a moderate level of self-awareness. The person sitting alongside of you may not want to converse with you for the entire 4 hour flight. Be respectful of their space. — Van Adams, Founder VanAdams Sports Group @VanAdamsSports
  • Can be a gift. Once I sat next to a woman moving from San Francisco to New York who I could tell was very sad. I learned her marriage was breaking up. Over several vodkas and some tears I offered that this was not an end for her, but a new beginning. From what I see these days on Instagram she’s thriving. — Joanne Tombrakos, Founder at One Woman’s Eye Consulting and Training @joannetombrakos
  • Some of the memorable networking you can do, so long as the networking is consensual. Read the body language and let your seat mate sleep if they pull out a mask. — Jill Van Beke, Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Launch Tennessee @jvanbeke
  • A great opportunity to get to know people & see what makes them tick. I initiate the conversation by asking where they’re headed, and if it’s business or pleasure. If business, I ask what they do and let the conversation go from there and relate a story about my experience in their destination. Usually that gets them talking. — Adrienne Graham, Founder of Mogul Chix @talentdiva

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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