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Are you a nosey parker? 4 – The future of networking

I hope like me you are beginning to meet people where you’re in the same space. I am having coffees and lunches now and it’s wonderful. Yes, more time travelling and money has to be spent. But for me it’s worth it. What’s your view?

“Are you a nosey parker?”

This briefing goes around the world to my global audience so it’s possible some will never have heard of this phrase. When you are called a ‘nosey parker’ it means someone is saying you are a curious, sometimes inquisitive person.

I had to know the origin of this; this is it. Matthew Parker, who was Archbishop of Canterbury (1559-75), had rather a reputation for prying into the affairs of others. He therefore acquired the nickname ‘Nosey Parker’.

Are you a ‘nosey parker’? I hope so because unless you are curious, you’re not going to be an effective networker.

When you don’t ask enough questions people might think

  • You only want to talk about yourself.
  • You don’t really care to hear what others have to say
  • You are overconfident thinking you won’t learn anything

Take note of one of the timeless quotes from Dale Carnegie

The most interesting people we meet are those most interested in us.

When you leave a 1-2-1 or group meeting hoping the other person(s) thinks well of you, ask intelligent and insightful questions. If you think it might be a little intrusive ask permission to ask before you ask! Or warn them you are about to ask them a sensitive question. Remember if they don’t want to answer nothing is lost.

We attend events to create business opportunities but as we all know ‘people buy people first’. After ice-breakers come business questions, then comes small talk, and then the follow up

But what about the future of networking

Since March 2020 we have been embracing online communication because we have had to. But as the virus is fast receding we can return to meet 1-2-1, meet at conferences and networking events. My prediction is for years to come and maybe for ever, both forms of networking will become the norm. One major benefit of virtual networking is of course the time and cost savings.

My new way of working

I now show you how to WORK A ROOM and HOW TO WORK A ZOOM!

My job is to encourage and show my clients how to become more proactive and raise their own and their organisation’s profile through increased activity.

I run 1 hour presentations, 2 hour and half day workshops. For the last 15 months I have presented remotely.

The half day workshop is a mixture of both room and Zoom.

Bearing in mind there is no travel time and or expenses my fees will be lower than ‘in olden times’!

Worth a conversation? +44 7939 205719

2 Questions to ask yourself before I go.

                1 “Am I proactive or reactive in my business life?”

                2 “How visible am I?”

My belief. “Strategy for success is visibility.”

Have a successful few weeks ahead.

Will Kintish

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