Darlene Basch, LCSW
5 Tips for Successful Networking
Networking in LA-CAMFT provides the opportunity for licensed and pre-licensed therapists to connect and learn about each other. People more often make referrals to those they know and feel comfortable with. Networking also provides an excellent opportunity to find supervisors, supervisees and internships.
Here are 5 tips to successful networking:
Attend meetings regularly and meet with others in between. They say 80 percent of success is showing up. People will recognize you and want to know you better when they see you often.
Ask questions before talking about you. Find out what kind of client, supervisor, etc., the other person is looking for. That person will likely want to know more about you. Get to know each other at a deeper level.
Listen effectively for referral and connection opportunities. When you hear someone in need of a particular approach, internship supervision, etc. be proactive and make the referral.
Be prepared to give a brief description of what you do such as your specialties and what kind of referrals, internships, etc. you’re looking for. Practice your “elevator speech” of 20 seconds and a one minute summary in the mirror until you are comfortable.
Share knowledge and resources. What goes around comes around. The more you make referrals and connections to others, the more they will come to you.
Let’s be advocates of each other’s business and care about each other’s success. We’re here to support each other. When we put our energy out there, letting people know what we do and what we’re looking for, more referrals and internship opportunities appear.
Darlene Basch, LCSW is a body psychotherapist helping overcome daily anxiety, panic attacks and other life challenges. Her practice emphasizes parents, children, teens, and families. Darlene’s powerful stabilizing transformation therapy techniques help clients open up and move forward with a new sense of well-grounded calm. In private practice for over 25 years, Darlene also teaches workshops on parenting, relationships, stress management, meditation, and Holocaust issues. Check out her website at www.transformationtherapy.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.