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Part 2 – Network Yourself To The Top & Make New Connections At FNCE

Sarah Koszyk, MA RD

Network Yourself To The Top & Make New Connections At FNCE – PART 2 

Are you getting ready for the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, FNCE 2013, in Houston? NutritionJobs is! We are excited to be participating in the biggest dietetic networking event of the year! Whether you are going to FNCE or not, networking is important. I’ve landed most of my jobs through people I know. How did I originally meet those people? Networking, of course! Whether you are in a grocery store, a park, a school, or a professional meeting, you always have an opportunity to network, meet new people, and make connections with others.

NutritionJobs asked dietitians for their top networking tips. Make sure to add these tips to your list before FNCE and get prepared to meet many new people! This article is part two, so check out the first article for more must-know networking tips.

“1. ALWAYS be prepared with business cards. Keep them everywhere – wallet, visor of car, purse, laptop case, workout bag, jacket pocket etc.
2. Practice a solid handshake. Wimpy limpy handshakes should be left at home. Be solid, firm. Portrays confidence. Look the person in the eye. Repeat their name immediately so it doesn’t leave your mind instantly. Repeat it again when you say goodbye.
3. Jot down a note or two on their business card – where you met, if you were going to follow up, etc.”
Jennifer Neily, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD, founder of Neily On Nutrition Video Blog

“The most important thing to do in networking is follow up. After making that connection, continue to build the relationship.
– EMAIL to follow up on something you discussed.
– INTERACT through social media such as on Facebook or twitter as appropriate.
– SHARE INTERESTS. Perhaps you heard about something they would want to know about or get involved with – let them know!”
Alexandra Oppenheimer, MS, RD, CDN, founder of the blog RDelicious

“Be generous with your colleagues.  Help them out and they’ll remember you when you need their help. For example, if you have a peer who has written a book, do a book review for her.  Or if a colleague is starting a new practice or business venture, tweet and post on it.  Chances are, they’ll do the same for you when the time comes.  Remember, co-promotion is a wonderful (and free!) opportunity.”
Sharon Palmer, RD, Author of The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Optimal Health, Beginning Today

“1. Cast a wide net over the people you know. The more diversity you have in your network, the richer your network will be. And depending on your goals and what you would like to achieve through your network, your organized outreach attempt will bear the ripest fruit.
2. Give before you get. The golden rule in networking is to give, and expect nothing in return. When you give to those in your network, your value raises, and you are seen as someone who is open to sharing and building a relationship with.
3. Build relationships. Networking is all about building relationships. Taking a couple of minutes each day to connect with a member in your network goes a long way in providing flourishing career success.”
Sonja Stetzler, MA, RD, founder of Effective Connecting: providing communication training to health professionals

“Find something interesting and personal about the person you meet…and try to write it down so you have it in your notes.  Also, be a good listener!”
Yvette Quantz, RDN, CSSD, LDN, customizing newsletters and creative brand solutions for health professionals

Enjoy your time networking with everyone. You never know who you will meet and how you will grow. Opportunities are everywhere. We hope to see you at FNCE 2013! Stop by NutritionJobs.com booth and bring your solid hand shake! See you soon!

Sarah Koszyk is founder of Family. Food. Fiesta. A family-based wellness program and blog focusing on recipes, family health tips, and videos with kids cooking in the kitchen. She is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Coach specializing in sports nutrition and adult and pediatric weight management. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or LinkedIn.

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