Guest Blog: Professional Development Series Recap: “Guide to Perfect Your Networking”


By Sebastian Matta, Dale Carnegie Training Tampa Bay

Have you ever been to a networking event and did not know how to start up a conversation? Nor did you know what to talk about after the initial introduction? Thanks to Dale Carnegie Training Tampa Bay, Emerge members who attended our last Professional Development Speaker Series event of the year on a “Guide to Perfect Your Networking” now have the tools necessary to make a stronger first impression when building their professional network.

The speaker did a great job and taught us the proper way to:

  • Start a conversation
  • Build a relationship by focusing on the other person
  • Capture their information by being sincerely interested
  • Setting an appointment to follow up
  • Gaining a referral or giving a referral

Everyone that attended was highly engaged and found great value in more than one, if not all, of these objectives. It is safe to say that after this networking workshop everyone is a stronger networker than before!

If you are interested in getting involved with the Professional Development Committee and being a voice in determining our topics for next year’s Speaker Series events contact Sebastian Matta at 813-385-4250.

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