“Why are you here?”
“To learn about networking” “To represent NEMBC”
Katerina Dimitriou, BNI Director Consultant, and Roy Aveling, BNI Associate Certified Meta-Coach, discuss the importance of networking in the final session for the youth.
After a series of introductions from members of the audience, the session started with definitions of networking followed by tips for the youth.
Below are some highlights and tips from the session:
55% of communication is dependent on body language. In fact, it is crucial in radio broadcasting as your posture and gestures will affect your tone.
“[The] best way to get your message across is through a story” – Katerina Dimitriou
Building relationships through networking is valuable when you need help in the future or to even build credibility for yourself. To get a sponsor on board, you must get to know the values of the sponsor and research them via google or other means. Relationships are most important when wanting a sponsorship as, no matter how good the company or product may be, the connection must be there.
“In networking, remember you have 2 ears and one mouth. That is the importance of listening.”
It is also important to establish trust to build the connection. In terms of your community radio program, it will be helpful to write down a set of core values to be followed.
Below are some of the tips given throughout the session:
Tip #1: Don’t give your business card unless you are asked for it.
Tip #2: There is no criticism, there is only feedback. Don’t get let down by negative comments, rather learn to improve on it.
Tip #3: Dress professionally without a branding on your clothing to further continue the conversation.
Tip #4: Take advice from older people without taking offence.
Tip #5: Don’t tell a joke when introducing yourself. Be conscious of what you say. Start a conversation by asking appropriate questions, rather than anything personal.
Be authentic. Be yourself. Be present.
Youth Networking Session