After more than two years of disruption, many of us are ready to get back to normal: and that means a return to networking! But what if you're feeling a little rusty? On Feb. 8, CREW Silicon Valley hosted Judy Dang, a renowned productivity expert and founder of Avid At Work, for a virtual workshop focused on tuning up our networking skills. Judy's message was simple but powerful: With the right practice and intentional mindset, you can build your existing relationships, create new ones, and expand your professional horizons.
Attendees gained skills that included how to break the ice. For instance, try to think of something besides "What do you do for work?" Instead, go deeper with more meaningful conversation starters. Because it can take getting used to, attendees practiced in small groups. Judy also challenged attendees to invite someone in their community to a get-to-know-you meeting to practice what was learned outside of the workshop setting. In the chat box, dozens of meetings were set up. Helping members meet new people -- and discover business opportunities -- is core to CREW SV. Meeting new people can be difficult, especially after a few years where the networking muscles may have atrophied. But with the right exercise, our meeting muscles are sure to come back.