Networking

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Networking by Urvi Bhandari

One art of networking is the "written" thank you note or personal note of appreciation. Typically, a written thank you note is sent after an interview or requested meeting, but many people today just send thank you emails. Writing the perfect note is an art that will set you apart from others. Notes can be used in many situations, such as interviews, meetings, after an event or conference, yearly holiday cards, to touch base or thinking of you cards, and recognition of a job well done.

Brush up on your writing skills with a stack of thank you cards that you keep at work and home. Write a couple notes while watching TV or drinking your morning beverage. As you are writing, think of the pleasure of making someone's day by giving them a note of appreciation for their time. Here are four strategies to help you write personal thank you notes:

  1. Be specific - What are you thankful for?
  2. Compliment the recipient - Say what or why the recipient is special.
  3. Focus on the future - opportunities for success, future partnering.
  4. Reinforce wisdom gained - acknowledge the experiences and advice you gained from the recipient

Networking Offline by Urvi Bhandari

Networking "Offline" - Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, email and message boards are the "new" way of networking. These media provide a safe haven for people to connect through a computer in the comfort of their home or office. However, true networking can not only be done through bits and bytes. Developing personal contacts and building relationships through face-to-face meetings will enhance the value of your network.

Networking face to face is a different realm than it is online. Meeting people takes preparation, confidence and mostly being yourself to find common interests and bonds that make the relationship meaningful to both parties. Here are some high-level tips that can assist in your preparation and build confidence to make the best of any interaction.

  1. Attend events. Obviously you are a member of AT&T's WOA. Your local chapter probably hosts a couple of events. Attend these events to meet your peers within the organization. Outside the company, join organizations that interest you from either a hobby or even professional level. Then make sure to attend their events. Attending these events forces you to meet new people and even reconnect with others you may already know.
  2. One per event. Have a goal to meet at least one new person per event. Meeting new people is scary as its hard to know what to say. However, you have at least one common theme to start with and that is the event you are attending. There are a couple of other ways to make sure you meet new people. A.) Try to get a copy of the guest list, if a person is within AT&T in a different business unit, ask about their roles and responsibilities and how their business unit runs. B.) Go to the event with a partner, exchange your contact list to see who you can introduce to each other.
  3. Network with a purpose. Before you go to an event, figure out why you want to meet new people. It could be personal, professional or even for someone else. Make sure to introduce yourself by briefly talking about why you are at the event. Ask questions about the others purpose of attending the event. Make sure to talk about how you can help others if you see a connection.
  4. FOLLOW UP. Lastly, this is the most important part of networking. Make sure to follow up with the contacts you may have met at an event, especially if you agreed upon something. If further interaction has not been decided, then use the follow up opportunity to set up a time to meet again. This is also the best time to use online networking sites to add them to your online rolodex to make it easier to stay in touch.

Networking has become a confusing enigma as we combine real live interaction with online tools. These online tools have brought more people to interact within the professional and personal world. It makes each of our lives a richer place. Personal interaction will continue to remain an integral part of building a meaningful and rewarding network. Therefore we should all be comfortable in networking traditionally with people.

SOCIAL NETWORKING WITH THE WOMEN OF AT&T By Ashley Delph

Stay connected with the Women of AT&T on your phone with 2D barcodes! You may have seen these symbols in magazines, billboards and on TV. They go by many names - QR Codes, 2D Barcodes, MobiTag...the list goes on. Regardless what you call them, 2D barcodes are defined as a specific matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by dedicated barcode readers and camera phones. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data.

AT&T has gotten into the technology with its own barcode scanner called the AT&T Code Scanner. Download it today on your iPhone, Droid or Blackberry! Simply type http://scan.mobi into your phone's browser. If your phone is compatible, it will direct you to the app download page.

To visit the WOA Facebook page and join the group, scan the below barcode: GO AHEAD- HOLD YOUR PHONE UP TO THE SCREEN!

To visit the WOA LinkedIn page and join the group, scan the below barcode:

CONNECT with WOA at WORK By Ashley Delph

As discussed in another portion of this newsletter, WOA can be found on Facebook as well as LinkedIn through your mobile phones. Some of you may be asking, "Where else can I go to get the latest WOA news?" Glad you asked! WOA has a number of websites available:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/home.php?sk=group_34438639457&ap=1
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1933686&trk=hb_side_g

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