In a culture that has become very comfortable with communicating behind the cyber-wall of technological machines and gadgets, face-to-face, interpersonal communication has become a bit awkward, dare say fearful, for many. Networking with E’s is designed to go back to the relational basics – you know, those “olden days” of a firm handshake, a friendly smile, a memorable conversation, and a genuine objective and desire to give rather than receive. Sounds scary? Never fear, Vera Jones is here, and after participating in this very fun and rewarding workshop (ideally a 90-minute presentation, but easy to accommodate for more or less time) you may never be apprehensive about a networking situation or event again! The Objective: To help participants understand the ease, or rather, the “E’s” of communication and relating to others in social settings. Effectiveness in a networking setting includes feeling Empowered to help or to give, Enlightened by what others have to share or give, Empathic towards the concerns and welfare of others, and Encouraged with the belief that each networking setting is an opportunity to grow as a person, as a business and as a community. Lastly, it is the intent of Vera Jones that every participant Experience a ton of Energy and Enthusiasm from participating in this workshop so that they may carry that experience into every networking opportunity moving forward! The Structure: This is a highly interactive session. Participants walk into a mock networking event under “crafty observation” (i.e. hidden video). This gives the facilitator an opportunity to reveal to participants their “natural” practices in a room of people. Immediately participants are able to take note of themselves among other “strange humans” in their networking habits. Who flocks to the first corner available? Who goes straight for the punch and snacks? Who takes the time to introduce themselves to others? Who secretly prays a friend comes to rescue them from the wild pack of strangers threatening to pounce on them with their unreasonable demands for small talk? Learning to laugh at ourselves a little is a great ice-breaker, and the first lesson of Networking with E’s. Icebreakers, power point presentation, and participant observation activities highlight this session. Ideal for an intimate group of about 30 participants, but easily accommodating for more as the room size allows. Key Training Skills and Topics: - How to actually remember names - How to actually get others to remember your name - Focus on the Goal! (Why are you here? What is the best possible outcome?) - Make an Assist! (Help others with introductions, sharing ideas, commonalities, etc.) - Strategies to enjoy “Working a Room” - When and how to put on the strategic, networking “Full Court Press” - Follow Through with the Follow Up! Notes: Special Room Set Up Required.