Beef up your contacts at Schmooza Palooza 2011

May 25, 2011

Networking is a great way to meet people and start building your network before you need it.

Many of us are in people-centric industries. Whether it’s sales, marketing, real estate or one of the thousands of other careers that require you to maintain a certain level of effective people skills, interacting with clients, co-workers and fellow business professionals is a necessary part of moving onward and upward.

The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to host an event that will have you schmoozing and making connections in no time. In fact, it’s called Schmooza Palooza 2011, and it’s the Chamber’s largest party of the year.

According to the site, Schmooza Palooza “is an energetic gathering for business professionals. … Promises to be THE social event for business professionals in Greater Indianapolis who want to gain a professional advantage in our community.”

The event is scheduled for June 22, 2011 at the Conseco Fieldhouse.

Now’s the time to start doing your homework in advance of the event. Do you know how to effectively network and get the most out of your time there? There are certain things to keep in mind, according to an Inc. magazine article “How to Network Effectively.”

“The real definition of networking to me is building relationships before you need them,” says Diane Darling, an expert on the topic and the founder and CEO of Effective Networking, Inc. based in Boston. “It’s difficult because we tend to only do things in life when we need to. But if you’re running a marathon, you don’t wait until the morning of the race and then just go out to run. On that day of the race, you remember all of the time and hard work you put in ahead of time while training to get to that point. With networking, when you really need a job or new clients, empowering your existing contacts is the key to getting you there.”

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