Oct 22, 2012

Engagement Day

How to Grow Professional Relationships for Business Success

On October 5, 2012 Today's Tmrrw attened an event thrown by Zanade Enterprises, LLC entitled Engagement Day: How To Grow Professional Relationships for Business Success. It was a panel dicussion consisting of 4 industry leaders mediated by Zanade Mann.

The panelist offered up a wealth of knowledge about the "do's" and "don'ts" of networking as well as the keys to successfully expand your network. 


Interning was seen as one of the best ways to expand your network. Who doesn't love free help? By interning you get to learn the ends and outs of the field you want to work in as well as surround yourself with people within that industry and make valuable connects.

Follow Up

Following up is crucial. Don't just exchange businesses cards at an event and wait until you need something to reach out, but actively sit down and take the time to email your new contacts. You want to do it in a timely manner, preferably 1 or 2 days after you've met, so that they will have a better chance of remembering you and whatever you guys talked about

Social Yet Sensible 

Social media is an important factor to expanding your professional network, if you allow it to be. It's crucial to first define your personal brand so that you know what you want to present to the world. We live in a day & age where our lives are on display via Twitter, Instgram, LinkedIn, Facebook etc., so it's important to use social networks responsibly. But just because you use social networks resposibly doesn't mean it has to be boring and all business. It's all about finding a balance.

3 Quick Tips To Improve Your Professional Network 

  • Try to attend at least 2 events a week where you can effectively network.
  • Be seen. Always remember "Dress for the Job You Want, Not the Job You Have!"
  • Create effective business cards! Here are some tips on how to do so.

Once again I want to thank the panel of ladies for the wealth of knowledge they gave us. And a special thank you to Zanade Mann for throwing such a wonderfully informative event.

Here is some first hand footage from the event.. 
Check the Panel as they introduce themselves and explain how to build a business relationship!

Click HERE to keep up with Engagement Day! The page features free information content as well as events. 

A number of points were made during the panelist discussion that was not caught in footage and we believed to be very important to networking, and in some ways "hit home" in a sense. here's one that stood out:

How do you draw the line of "keeping things professional" when Networking with those of the opposite sex?:
First; I want to say thank you to Zanade for bringing this question to the forefront!
Many females like ourselves have to often face the task of attempting to network, or build business relationships to only result in getting hit on. Then leaving us in the difficult situation where the person can help you to get to where you need to go, but you do not want to have to take a "Quid pro Quo" approach in doing so..
The ladies of the panel came to a general consensus that when faced with this difficult situation, first analyze if this person is even important enough to pursue further networking opportunities, because in some instances, those who cannot keep it professional isn't someone you would necessarily want to continue with due to lack of professionalism. If the person is someone you deem important to your networking agenda, then 
DRAW THAT LINE. Let them know that you are there to network professionally and that the route they are taking is not one that you will entertain.  After making that clear; most people will respect your wishes and will fall into line in a professional and orderly manner.

We at Today's Tmrrw again thank Zanade Enterprises LLC for the opportunity to be apart of this event, the panelist for participating and sharing their experience and knowledge, as well as those who attended the event, for engaging in the discussion which made for a wonderful event!

Again* Click HERE to keep up with Engagement Day! The page features free information content as well as events.