6 Important Tips to a Successful Charlotte Networking Week
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

Charlotte, North Carolina, is home to some of the brightest and most innovative leaders in business, technology, and entrepreneurship—a reason why it was chosen as the location for the 2018 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit.

Additionally, from Jan. 16–Jan. 20, 2018, it will be home to the 4th Annual Professional Networking Week. The event is hosted by the Charlotte Professional Network, founded by Carlos V. Davis of Stand & Deliver, LLC.  Over the course of the week, professionals can expect to tap into resources that will help them build their network while building awareness around their brands.

Here are tips to help you prepare for the week and make it count:

 

Do Your Research

There will be opportunities to connect with recruiters from reputable companies conducting on-the-spot interviews. Be sure to take a look at the list of companies ahead of time.

 

Update Your Social Media Profiles

Your online presence says a lot about you before you enter the room. Take time to make sure that your social media accounts are professional and up to date. Make sure that your profile pictures are clear (and in good taste), your biographies are accurate and consistent across platforms, and people can easily find you online.

 

Have Enough Printed Collateral

A huge part of networking is being able to market yourself. Make sure that you have everything in your portfolio ready to go to show others when you connect with them.

Here’s a checklist:

  • Business cards
  • Branding statement
  • Résumé
  • Samples of work

 

Be Ready to Pitch

You never know who you’re going to run into. Charlotte Networking Week is designed to help catapult entrepreneurs. Prepare your elevator pitch and be ready to pitch at any given moment.

 

Use Social Media to Your Advantage

If you are excited about the conference, let other people know on social media. You can also connect with people online ahead of the conference if there is a conference hashtag. In this case, it is #CharlotteNetworkingWeek. If you are really socially savvy, covering the event live on your social media accounts can help you stand out as a professional.

 

Follow Up

Investing in networking events means nothing if you don’t follow up with people. Make sure that you send your thank you notes and connect with others on LinkedIn once you’ve wrapped up your time at the conference. Remember, thank you goes a long way!

For more information about Charlotte’s Networking Week, click here. And see you in Charlotte for the 2018 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit.

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Lydia Blanco

Lydia T. Blanco is a proud Afro-Latinx digital-first multimedia journalist with a strong passion for truthful storytelling, photography and content strategy. Blanco is a 2016 graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and proud alumna of Bennett College for Women. At Columbia, her coursework included media management, tactical technology reporting, mobile video storytelling, digital content strategy, photojournalism and feature writing. She covered the ethnic beat of the Senegalese community in Harlem concentrating on business and religion. Her thesis is a 5,000-word A.P Style report exploring faith, justice and activism through a Harlem church. She received one of two honors awards in the Ethics of Journalism class with Dean Steve Coll. Blanco has experience in telling stories about social justice, health and wellness and technology with an emphasis in social impact. Her three years of experience in non-profit media have helped to shape her voracious storytelling as well as her digital and social media marketing skills.


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