We live in a very connected world. And most of us are continually plagued with the dilemma of how to meet that one person that will change our life.

For many of us meeting new people is very difficult. Sometimes its a lack of confidence in ourselves, seeing others as much more accomplished, making us unworthy of being part of their circle of friends. And yet networking is such a critical skill in today’s complex world of business. Many would say it is the major difference between those who succeed and those who don’t.

So why are we so bad at it?

The answer is quite simple. We approach each relationship as “takers” not as “givers”. We are constantly looking to answer “what’s in this for me?”, rather than “how can I help you?”

But successful networking is more than just meeting people, it is developing relationships with a mutual benefit. For most people it is a learned skill set. And that’s where we can help.

EVENT: Networking Skills 101 – Weekend Crash Course

DATE: January 22, 2005

TIMES: 8:00 am – 12:00 noon

LOCATION: DeVry University, 1870 W. 122nd Avenue, Westminster, CO 80234

LIMITED SEATING: Seating limited to 25 people

WEBSITE: www.davinciinstitute.com/page.php?ID=76

INSTRUCTOR: Brittany Ryan-Todd

COST: $69 – A $20 discount for DaVinci Institute Members

REGISTER: www.davinciinstitute.com/calendar.php

Networking is the business world’s most cost-effective marketing tool. However, it is often misunderstood, misused, and therefore underutilized. Did you know that…

A referral generates 80% more results than a cold call? *

Approx. 70% of all jobs are found through networking? *

Most people you meet have at least 250 contacts? *

Anyone you want to meet is only four or five people away from you? *

This course will teach you the skills to be a competent networker. You will receive hands-on training in listening, building rapport, uncovering people’s needs, and communicating effectively in both formal and informal networking settings. We have created exercises and small group work to help you build your own techniques. Bring pen, paper, and business cards, and prepare your self for a fun experience.

Brittany Ryan-Todd is one of Colorado’s true networking experts having spent most of her life refining the fine art of meeting others. Brittany is a successful entrepreneur, business person and investor. She is the author of numerous business and healthy lifestyle articles. She is an award winning speaker and a certified toastmaster. She is an independent Regional Vice President with Arbonne International, a member of Toastmasters International, the DaVinci Institute and the Chamber serving the Broomfield area. She volunteers for Girl Scouts and other local agencies. She shares her knowledge of networking and business skills with others.

* – Excepts from Power Networking: 55 Secrets for Personal & Professional Success by Donna Fisher