Networking to Build Better Relationships

Networking to Build Better Relationships

When it comes down to progress in life – be it advancing professionally or maturing personally, a lot of your success hinges on the ability to build better relationships. Think about phrases like, “The customer is always right,” and “Be Our Guest.” Both place value on...

Boost Your Confidence by Networking

Boost Your Confidence by Networking

Does the idea of getting on a group Zoom video call or entering a room of strangers at a networking luncheon make you feel anxious? Do you see yourself as more of a one-on-one discussion person? Feel more comfortable connecting from your desk seat and by typing at...

6 Career Benefits of Networking

6 Career Benefits of Networking

When you think of networking, you likely your job is likely the primary motivator, at least initially. After all, one of the main forces for getting out there and meeting other professionals is with your career or business being top-of-mind. If you’ve lost sight of...

What is Your Networking WHY?

What is Your Networking WHY?

So, you’ve decided to jump in and get to networking, or you’ve rededicated or continue to commit yourself to the effort. But do you know why, or are you just going through the motions? Getting Started If you’re new to networking, your “WHY” is likely to be different...

Networking in a New Way

Networking in a New Way

That was the aim when, about nine years ago now, three former Greater Reading Chamber Ambassadors ventured on their own to start what is now the Pagoda Business Network. David Green, Marie Smith and Tim Stover sought to form a group where members could come and feel...

Social Distancing and Networking

Social Distancing and Networking

Practicing Social Distancing and still want to make networking a priority? The web and your smartphone may just be your new best friends. But that doesn’t mean you can throw caution to the wind or that all apps are created equally. Here are a couple worth your time...

Make Time for Networking

Make Time for Networking

If the reason you’re not networking to the extent you’d like is because you’ve reasoned you just don’t have the time, it’s time to figure out how to make that time. Check out these tips and get connecting into your schedule! Meal Prep. If you’re a busy mom and have a...

Keep Networking Going this Summer

Keep Networking Going this Summer

When summer creeps up on us, it can be a bit more difficult to stick to a routine of attending networking functions. The kids are out of school. There are trips to the beach to be had, family and friends to travel to see. It’s why many groups take a “break” for a few...

Getting Inspired

Getting Inspired

During difficult times especially, looking on the bright side can be difficult. When you’re feeling down – be it for personal or professional reasons or something else altogether – having a source of inspiration can feel like a lifesaver. Where do you go to find it...

Networking in the Age of Social Distancing

Networking in the Age of Social Distancing

While the economic outlook is uncertain and millions are furloughed and unemployed, it isn’t a stretch to say that a good portion of our population is worried about their jobs. What can you do to help temper those worries? Stay connected. You might wonder how to do...

Take Advantage of Networking Virtually

Take Advantage of Networking Virtually

In these uncertain times more than ever, it’s important to develop contingency plans and to be thankful for the benefits the Internet and smart technology have afforded us. For those looking to continue to connect with those they’ve met via social networking...

5 Tips for Making Small Talk

5 Tips for Making Small Talk

If you or someone you know is apprehensive about attending a networking function, it could be because he or she – or you – are shy or introverted by nature. The idea of small talk can be intimidating, and it’s an important skill to have when it comes to meeting new...