Friday, June 27, 2008

Self Promotion

This morning I had the opportunity to attend a networking event hosted by Diane Darling of Effective Networking. It was a different networking event than I had attended before, but I think I made the most of it.

Most networking events that I attend are held by a professional association, like Women in Development or American Fundraising Professionals. Or I've been to some Downtown Women's Club events. But the commonality of the attendees at this event wasn't a fundraising career or women's business. Everyone at this event was connected through Diane Darling.

I met Diane when I wrote about a piece of hers not so long ago, and she contacted me to ask if I wanted to be added to her contact list. Since then, I've been reading Diane's columns in the Boston Business Journal. She's a real networking guru, and I really enjoyed her breakfast event this morning. It opened with a few remarks from Diane, and then she introduced a few volunteers who she spoke with about their networking dilemmas, with input from the assembled.

Aside from meeting Diane in person, my two best connections made this morning were with a new recruiter, for a staffing firm that specializes in placing women, and a staffer from the Boston Business Journal. I have a few new cards that I traded for, and a lot of ideas.

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