As kids, we all loved watching cartoons and some of us still do, but we never looked beyond the fun aspect in them. For instance, the Despicable Me 2 is a complete entertainer, while teaching numerous life lessons for the kids and for the grown ups as well. For instance, here are the 5 Networking Lessons to Learn From the Minions, which might come handy at your next (first) networking event.
5 Networking Lessons to Learn From the Minions:
Keep your mind open while meeting people:
Keep your mind open while meeting people
As the adage goes, Never Judge a Book by its Cover, make sure you do not judge people at the networking event without having interacted with them. Accept the fact that you are there to network and broaden your professional contacts so go ahead and start networking.
Be ready to help:
Be ready to help
Quality Connections are build when you come across as someone who is willing to be helpful. This way you are sure to make a long standing connection with the people you meet at the event, as it is the quality of networking that matters and not the quantity. So, go ahead and offer a helping hand to someone who seems to be needing it.
Ask for help if you need to accomplish something:
Ask for help if you need to accomplish something
Asking for help would not portray you in a negative light unlike the popular belief. Instead, people would perceive you as someone who knows their limitations and is ready to accept them. So do not hesitate to ask for help from your connections at networking event, but make sure you do not come across as someone who is there seeking help with nothing to offer in return.
Think Outside the Box:
Think Outside the Box
Innovation and out of the box thinking is what would set you apart from the rest ALWAYS. This one trait might also land you your dream job or a business lead, so go ahead and project your uniqueness and innovative solutions to problems that are being discussed. However, make sure you do not come across as a dreamer in your attempt to think out of the box and remember to promise only what you can deliver.
Voice your opinion:
Voice Your Opinion
A Networking Event is your platform to voice your opinion and not a one way conversation by the speaker, so share your opinions and views, ask questions and in short participate in the discussions. But, make sure you do not disturb the flow of the event. In case you are a naturally enthusiastic participant, try to find out with the organizers if they have an event networking app like Moozup for the event, which would help you ask Live Questions to the Speaker without hindering the talk.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, not just Jack, anyone for that matter, so make sure you have your share of fun with meeting new people, making connections and learning new things and this positive aura you surround yourself with would attract more people towards you.
Do share with us the life lessons these fun cartoons have taught you. Happy Networking!!!