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Western Michigan discovers power of networking

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Some 30 Network of Executive Women members learned how to network to achieve career goals at the NEW Western Michigan spring event, March 25, 2013 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo, Mich.

NEW Vice President of Member and Regional Services Stephanie McFee offered real-life advice during her keynote presentation "Networking in 2013: From Organizations to Internet, How to Make Connections that Last.” McFee underscored the importance of savvy networking, saying, "Relationships are the key to everything in your life!”

Preparing a pitch and practicing simple networking behaviors, including a handshake and body language, and planning for events are keys to successful networking, McFee said. She advised members to look over an advance attendee list whenever possible and pre-connect with people you plan to see.

Creating a personal schedule for staying in touch with contacts and frequent online networking through LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook fosters deeper, ongoing relationships, McFee added. "LinkedIn is great to get to know me at a business level,” she said. "Facebook gives the opportunity to learn about me.”

Networking through involvement in organizations can yield great results, McFee added, noting organizations offer a built-in audience geared to common interests.

Ultimately, she said, "we have to have a passion to know people.”

More than two dozen women gathered for the NEW Western
Michigan spring event, which focused on successful networking

NEW Vice President of Regional and Advisory Services Stephanie McFee
(second from right) joins NEW Western Michigan Treasurer Jessica Bachand
of Kellogg Company, PR Chair Ashleigh Gage of ConAgra Foods Inc. and
Internet Chair Marmi Middlemiss of Acosta Inc. at the region’s event in Kalamazoo.

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