Networking Gold! "You're Invited"

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“The people around you define your success (whatever that means for you), and they have the potential to change the course of your life” ~ Jon Levy

Networking is not just about exchanging business cards and attending events; it's about building genuine connections that are sustainable and deliver real value. In his book, "You're Invited," Jon Levy takes us on a transformative journey, providing awesome insights into the art and science of networking.  I love to refer to this book as, “networking for introverts” as Levy’s story around his curated dinner events is brilliant and it’s one of the most creative approaches to building one’s network that I have ever seen.  I look forward to sharing Levy's principles that can elevate your own networking game and pave the way for meaningful professional relationships.

It's All About the Connection:

Levy emphasizes the importance of authentic connection in networking. Via his dining events, he challenges the conventional approach to networking, and provides an amazing example of how we can move beyond transactional and typical networking exchanges and connect over experiences that are memorable and game changing.  Jon founded a networking event called, The Influencers Dinner.  It’s a special dining experience for people that are members of the “who’s who” of what they do.  Guests include athletes, executives, actors, and even Nobel laureates.   Everyone prepares dinner together but can’t discuss their career or give their last name.  It’s only after they sit down and eat are they allowed to reveal who they are.  It really got me thinking about how I judge, form an opinion or even or may even act differently if I knew I was talking to a celebrity or someone that I would previously think “untouchable”.  At the end of the day, people are people…right?

With each dining and networking event, Levy teaches us how to foster relationships with shared experiences, and a genuine interest in others. By adopting this mindset, "You're Invited" provides a roadmap to transform your networking style from formulaic to unforgettable.

Shared Experiences are Key:

One of Levy's key teachings is centered on the impact of shared experiences to strengthen connections. In a world saturated with virtual interactions, "You're Invited" reminds us of the potency of face-to-face engagements. Post pandemic, this has become more challenging as folks are more comfortable than ever with virtual meetings and Zoom calls.  So what is the strategy for creating memorable experiences if you can’t meet face to face?  Check out Levy’s website for some cool games and exercises you can do on a video call to create a shared experience and connect with others in a unique way.  Games | Jon Levy

It’s Quality Not Quantity:

More is better when it comes to networking, right?  Nope.  Levy's insights help you move beyond the sheer quantity of connections to focus on quality. The book encourages intentional networking, guiding you to identify and build relationships with individuals who align with your values and professional goals. This concept is so important when it comes to building a strong network and also business success.  Levy tell the story of Iggy Ignatius, a retirement community developer who was sell out of units during one of the worst economic downturns in our history.

“In the middle of an economic crisis, while everyone else was going under, Iggy was an incredible success, all because he offered people something his customers couldn’t find anywhere else – the ability to connect with their culture without giving up their connection to family”. 

For brevity I’m leaving out the details, but encourage you to read this story on what Iggy accomplished and how, Being With People Like You Offers Comfort Against Death's Chill : Shots - Health News : NPR. By cultivating a trusted network, "You're Invited" empowers you to leverage authentic connections for personal and professional growth.

Networking Can Suck:

Networking can be intimidating, especially for introverts or those unfamiliar with the art of connection. Levy's book provides practical tips and techniques for overcoming networking challenges. He talks about his approach to creating groups of people he wanted to meet so he could figure out what each group valued and then provide that.  This made it easier for him to connect with these people and also connect them with each other.  Whether it's initiating conversations, mastering the art of follow-up, or navigating diverse professional settings, "You're Invited" equips you with the tools to navigate the networking landscape with confidence.

"You're Invited" doesn't prescribe a one-size-fits-all approach to networking. Instead, it encourages readers to develop their unique blueprint for connection. Levy offers a framework that allows individuals to identify their strengths, preferences, and areas for growth, enabling them to create a networking strategy that feels authentic and aligns with their personal style.

In summary, Jon Levy's "You're Invited” doesn't prescribe a one-size-fits-all approach to networking; it's a guide to cultivating genuine connections that have the power to transform your professional journey. By embracing Levy's principles, you'll discover that networking is not just a task on your to-do list; it's an opportunity for personal and professional enrichment. So, are you ready to redefine your approach to networking and unlock a world of possibilities? Levy's invitation awaits you.

Know this book already and want to share your own insights and lessons learned?  Be sure to comment and let the extended networking begin!

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