NY Metro - Networking Etiquette & Speed Networking with Deloitte
Friday, April 25, 2014
Posted by: Ascend Metro New York
On April 5th, 2014, the Ascend NY Metro Chapter hosted over 125 undergraduate and graduate students, and professionals for the final event of the student mentoring program – workshop series.
At Deloitte's global headquarter at 30 Rockefeller Center, Nitish Idnani, Deloitte Principal, and Julie Abramson, Deloitte Campus Recruiting Specialist, kicked-off the event with an informative networking workshop drawn from their own personal experiences and stories. Nitish said, "Networking does not come naturally to most people, including him. To be more comfortable and skilled at networking, you must put yourself out there and network!” During the workshop, they shared networking tips that were practical and actionable. Some of the tips were:
1. Avoid being a wallflower: Say hello to those who you know, but make it a point to spend most of your time meeting new people and making new contacts.
2. Give confident introductions: Be brave, most people will appreciate that you've taken the initiative to speak to them. Being confident is the best way to make a great first impression. People like to do business with confident people.
3. Know whom to approach: Pay constant attention to others' body language and facial expression to determine how long to stay. End the conversation with a polite exit and exchange contact information for follow-up.
The afternoon concluded with a speed networking session, where students translated the interactive presentation into immediate practice. We are very grateful to Nitish, Julie, and Danny Wang, Deloitte Senior Manager, for their practical and actionable networking tips, Deloitte for being a gracious host and a supportive partner, and the volunteers for their invaluable assistance.
Ascend is the largest, non-profit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America. Established in 2005, Ascend has grown to serve professionals and corporations across various professions and across multiple industries.
Ascend reaches 60,000 people with 28 student chapters and 17 professional chapters located in both the United States and Canada around major business hubs and educational institutions. In addition, The National Association of Asian MBAs (NAAMBA), Ascend's national organization, offers robust professional development and career enhancement programs designed to cultivate Pan-Asian talent. We are a 501(c) non-profit organization.