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How To Network at Your Local Chamber of Commerce

23August13

Many of us belong to our local Chambers of Commerce. We can all use tips on how to be effective so when this was sent to me, I decided to publish it. Thanks to the Rensselaer County  Regional Chamber of Commerce located in Troy, New York .

Staff Picks: What is one networking tip you’d like to give chamber members?

  • Laura Amos, Accounting Assistant: Asking questions and making eye contact will let someone know that you are interested.
  • Debbie O’Donnell, Executive Assistant: Seek out those people who are by themselves and look uncomfortable.  Be prepared with a few standard questions to get the conversation flowing.
  • CJ Harkola, Membership Manager: Be yourself. Join or form a networking group; preferably start with a small group & grow it. While you are growing it, give back to the community!
  • Kate Ollier, Programs & Events Manager: Be yourself – being genuine is a quality that aligns itself with credibility. The more you’re “You” while still being professional, the more everyone will see you as credible, authentic and a good person to do business with. It will take you far.
  • Stephanie Scully, Controller: Don’t hesitate to talk with other members. They are all terrific.
  • Ryan Silva, Director of Economic Development & Government Affairs: Ask questions; learn as much as you can about a person you meet at a networking function, and always follow up with them.
  • Claudette Thornton, Vice President: Smile. And remember, everyone is there for the same reason you are. Don’t be afraid!
  • Chyresse Wells, Communications & Marketing Coordinator: Be yourself, and ask genuine questions to learn as much about their role within their organization as possible and take note of how you may be able to help them in the future. Don’t forget consistent eye contact, and always smile!

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