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How Do You Network?

July 14, 2014 | Elizabeth K.

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Last week, NeW hosted a lively Speed Networking Night at 201 Bar on Capitol Hill. Participants were animated and ready to network, with business cards in hand and elevator speeches in mind.

With only 5 minutes to speak with each facilitator, attendees quickly learned the advantages of the elevator pitch.

The elevator pitch is a short speech that accents what is most unique about you as a job candidate. It easily fits into any social situation – whether it be an interview, a happy hour, or a networking event. The elevator pitch steals the show – it catches the attention and the memory of the listener. Tessa Betz, a chapter leader at Hillsdale College, reflected on her elevator pitch:

“I made sure to talk about who I am, what my interests are, and where I would like to be with my career. I think saying something interesting in those three areas makes an individual stand out.”

The many men and women who attended NeW’s Speed Networking event – undergraduates and facilitators alike – practiced their elevator pitches and made new connections. Facilitator Emily Goff, Director of NeW DC, stated:

“Networking practice is essential for both job seekers and seasoned professionals. NeW’s Speed Networking Night provided a high-energy environment in which I could practice my own elevator pitch and offer feedback to college women and men on how they presented themselves–a crucial part of networking.”

SpeedNetwork1Rebecca Gonzales, chapter leader at American University, echoed the enthusiasm of the facilitators.

“I really enjoyed meeting conservative women who are willing to put time into younger conservative women developing their networking skills.”

As attendees can attest, NeW’s Speed Networking Night was a success! Those who participated enjoyed a lively atmosphere and delicious appetizers. Some expanded their professional networks, others simply made new friends.Vanessa Salman, chapter leader at Syracuse University, took full advantage of what NeW’s networking event had to offer.

“NeW’s events, such as speed networking, help students like me connect with other successful, empowered, and enlightened women that not many organizations have.”

I encourage you to attend NeW’s remaining events this summer in DC. For a full list and to RSVP, read more here.

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