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#G2Fireside Twitter Chat Roundup: Professional Networking

Bridget Poetker
Bridget Poetker  |  November 25, 2019

How do you feel about meeting new people?

Hate it? Like it? Love it? Our followers had a lot to say about networking.

Held on Thursday, November 21, 2019, I hosted our most recent #G2Fireside Twitter Chat, discussing professional networking and personal branding with Natasa Djukanovic, CMO at domain.me.

We asked 8 questions:

  1. When networking, what’s your go-to icebreaker question?
  2. Do you prefer to network in-person or online? Why?
  3. How does personal branding play into professional networking?
  4. What is one key mistake people make when networking?
  5. How often do you attend networking events?
  6. How important is it to bring business cards to a networking event?
  7. How have you accomplished your biggest networking success to date?
  8. What’s your best advice for someone that’s afraid of networking?

#G2Fireside: Professional Networking

Meeting new people can be hard for anyone, but practice makes perfect. You can only grow if you step outside of your comfort zone and get yourself out there! Natasa Djukanovic knows a thing or two about this as the CMO at domain.me, a service for businesses and people wanting to personalize and expand their online presence.

Let’s take a look at some of the key takeaways from this chat!

Q1: When networking, what’s your go-to icebreaker question?

 

networking icebreaker question

Our first question focused on the first few moments, and often scariest time, in any networking scenario. 

Rachel Wendte from Career Foundry recommended an open-ended question that allows the other person to answer however they like, while also giving her some intel: 

Our guest Natasa added her own thoughts about the importance of context:

Christian Lowry from Gigonomy suggested starting off the conversation with something simple:

Our very own John Thomas Lang echoed that feeling, but added a bit more personalization:

Q2: Do you prefer to network in-person or online? Why?

 

in-person vs online networking

Next, we wanted to gauge how technology is changing the way we network. 

Jack Virag from Nutshell noted that while he’s at his best meeting people in person, there’s a time and a place for online networking:

I added my two cents on the topic as well:

Molly Kowaleski from Geben Communication also think in-person meetings are better:

Anchana Latha from Venngage feels like online interactions are her forte:

Q3: How does personal branding play into professional networking?

 

personal branding vs networking

Our third question dug a bit deeper into the differences and similarities between networking and personal branding.

My co-host Natasa kicked things off with her stellar insight:

Twenty Two Kittens emphasized the ‘personal’ in personal branding:

G2’s Maddie Rehayem explained her motivation behind networking and how that comes full circle:

Masooma got in on the action with her own thoughts about the relationship between the two:

Squadhelp jumped in with a few wise words of its own:

Q4: What is one key mistake people make when networking?

 

Q4

Now, in order to get it right you have to know what NOT to do. Let’s hear your worst!

Graham Seymour from Upstack explained that sometimes when people network they only see dollar signs:

G2’s Amy Lecza shared similar thoughts about people being too wrapped up in the sale:

Ramesh highlighted the necessary actions after all the networking is said and done:

I admitted something that I know I do and why it’s important to be in-tune with yourself before talking to others:

Q5: How often do you attend networking events?

 

how often should you network

We decided to ask our followers how many conferences and networking events they attend and if they have any favorites.

Sanja Gardašević from alicorn.me said she goes to A LOT of events:

Natasa also answered that she’s a frequent conference-goer and speaker:

Our own Devin Pickell explained he doesn’t go to a ton but loves the opportunity when he does:

Q6: How important is it to bring business cards to a networking event?

 

Q6

This next question really got our audience thinking about how networking continues to change year after year.

Alex Medick took a stance against business cards but admits to still having a few on hand:

 Our own Mara Calvello said it’s all about personal preference:

Britt + Steph  from Holistic Creative echoed the love for Moo and business cards in general:

Q7: How have you accomplished your biggest networking success to date? 

 

networking success

Then, we asked people to strut their stuff and shout out a few of their favorite connections they’ve made while networking.

Jack Virag reflected on the time he sent a cold email and ended up with a job:

Natasa explained that she couldn’t have worked her magic without the power of networking:

Masooma gave a few personal shoutouts of her own:

Q8: What’s your best advice for someone that’s afraid of networking?

 

networking advice

Last but not least, we wanted to gather a few networking tips and tricks.

Neal Strauss suggested that sometimes you just have to go for it:

Natasa added that sometimes the best thing you can do is just be yourself:

I wrapped up this awesome discussion with my own thoughts that echoed my co-host's:

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A big thank you to everyone that participated in this Twitter chat, we love hearing from you! Learn more about our program and how to get involved. See ya next time!

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Bridget Poetker

Bridget Poetker is a senior content marketing specialist at G2, focusing on app development and design. Born and raised in the Chicago area, she graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I-L-L! In her free time, you'll find Bridget in the bleachers at Wrigley Field or posted up at the nearest rooftop patio. During the 8 months of Chicago winter, she hibernates. (she/her/hers)