Message from Louise: Networking vs Netlurking
Networking vs Netlurking… This interesting expression was brought to my attention by one of my colleagues in a morning meeting. Simply noting the dichotomy of the words made me think it was so hilarious, and it got me thinking…
Hmmm… Netlurking: The action of observing friends or complete strangers from the comfort of your own computer via social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.
Well, based on that description, we can officially say that most of us netlurk or at some point, will do so. Let’s face it, social media is set up for us to netlurk anytime, anyplace, and has enabled us to potentially meet our new boss, business partner, colleague, mentor or future employees. Yes, if we ’lurk correctly, the world is our oyster. And, hopefully, we’ll find those pearls of wisdom we’re seeking.
On the flip side, we have… Networking: The exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically: The cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business. Now, that sounds more like it! And, as we all know, we can network in person or online.
Yes, in-person networking requires a little more finesse, and a lot more protocol than from behind the screen of a computer where you can ’lurk anonymously most of the time. However, keeping your in-person network alive takes being consistent, persistent and insistent, and like any relationship it takes work to keep it healthy, vibrant and a win-win for all involved. This does not happen overnight – it takes time and patience.
Networking is a lot like flossing your teeth — okay, go ahead and laugh; I’ve got your attention now! – you must do it regularly. Stopping and starting only serves as a disservice to your career or business goals. Getting and staying involved in your Local Chapter should be your number one priority for success. The support of other professional women, who are an amazingly strong, intelligent group of women, will keep you inspired, energized, healthy and enthusiastic about your future prospects.
June is an excellent time to join a Local Chapter in your area, or even another one outside of your area for even more networking connections, because it’s National Hunger Awareness Month. The NAPW Foundation calendar boasts a host of hunger awareness initiatives carried out by our generously inspiring Local Chapters. It’s your opportunity to show your NAPW power to make a difference in the lives of women and girls in your local communities and throughout the nation.
Pitch Perfect! The NAPW Boston Local Chapter received tips on self-promotion, networking and creating the perfect pitch to present the best “you.”
Dinner, friends, networking! Sounds a lot like our Jacksonville Local Chapter. Yes, they had a great time at their networking dinner event!
Island fun on Manhattan island! Madison Avenue’s Calypso St. Barth was the exclusive setting for a NYC Local Chapter VIP-only event. Networking, champagne, hors d’oeuvres, makeovers and prizes highlighted the evening. Can’t wait for the next one!
Networking and fitness – a healthy combination!
So get out from behind your computer and stop lurking behind the scenes. It’s time for some face-to-face networking. Let’s start today!
NAPW National Director of Chapters
NYC Local Chapter President