Los Angeles Chapter — California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Los Angeles Chapter — CAMFT
Extending Your Reach:
Useful Tips for Making the Best Use
of Professional Networking Events
Does this sound familiar? You’ve decided to attend a professional meeting or other event this month — or next — maybe! Or you really would like to sign up, if you could only figure out how to have more fun and be more at ease with making all those connections. Or maybe you’ve been to one or more events, and just need to be reminded that this networking thing can actually be enjoyable.
If you’ve ever chatted with me about in‐person networking (as opposed to that sort of remote online version!), you might know that this is something I actually enjoy. I love the connections I make, and I’m energized and motivated by hearing what others are doing. And I especially value the professional colleagues and personal friendships I’ve added to my life—just from participating in that strange activity called networking!
While I find that networking enriches my life, I do know that others may view that very word with annoyance, unease, fear or even dread—perceiving that activity in much the same way as they might view undergoing an extremely unpleasant medical procedure!
While I’m pretty sure that if you feel so put off by the very thought of all this professional schmoozing, you’ll most like never truly love that activity, I’m equally sure that you can help yourself to like it just a little bit more! And, to that end, I invite you to keep reading for some tips about how to get the most value from those networking events.
NETWORKING TIPS YOU MIGHT FIND USEFUL:
ARE YOU A STUDENT, TRAINEE, OR ASSOCIATE?
IT’S NOT TOO SOON FOR YOU TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION!
Everything above applies to you!
This article originally appeared in the LA-CAMFT newsletter, the LA Therapist Update, in the May/June 2012 edition, and has been updated for this issue of Voices.
Karen Wulfson, LMFT, has a private practice in Beverly Hills, where she helps clients communicate more effectively to reduce conflict, anger, stress in their lives. Karen works primarily with professional men and encourages involvement of family members in client sessions. Karen has previously been extensively involved on the Board of LA‐CAMFT, as Vice‐President and Event Coordinator, and was Co‐Chair of the Santa Monica‐West LA District of AAMFT. Contact Karen through her website: www.karenwulfson.com.
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