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20th Mar, 2015

Secrets to becoming a world class networker
by Kathryn Haines on March 20, 2015 18:46

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The first training session of the year was "Stepping up - Secrets to becoming a world class networker" hosted by Joe Dilger, JCI Senator 62404.

We discussed the use the use of online networking and how most people still prefer to have the face to face contact when networking. There's something about meeting someone in person that makes it easier to trust them and build a future networking relationship. However, it is often a great way to begin making contact with new people or to follow up with after a meeting.

We also realised that almost every opportunity is a networking possibility and could result in a new contact, even with VIPs. A chance meeting in a lift with someone who appears to be a total stranger could in fact be the VIP speaker at the event you are attending!

Next, Joe explained to us about the Japanese way of giving and accepting business cards. How it is to be treated with respect and should always be given and taken with both hands and then never simply placed in your pocket uncaringly! 

The session was extremely informative and was very fun and interactive. It was a great session to build up our knowledge and confidence with networking. Thanks Joe!

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6th Mar, 2015

2015 New Members Evening
by Celestine Onomo on March 6, 2015 13:30

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JCI Southampton New Members Evening

By: Christina Nokleby on March 5th 2015.

On Thursday 26th February JCI met with current, past and potential new members at Orange Rooms in Bedford Place, Southampton. The turn out was great, with over 40 entrepreneurs and professionals coming together to enjoy free canapés and drinks on offer.   

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The New Members evening is a yearly event for young professionals and entrepreneurs within the city, and aims to teach people about the benefits correlated with joining JCI. It is also a fantastic networking opportunity and to meet likeminded people in the area.

Max Thompson, the current JCI Southampton president, briefly touched upon some of the activities and goals of this professional body. These include the opportunity to broaden networks of contacts, becoming involved in community projects, enhancing skills and being able to partake in valuable training courses.

Ruth Andrew, our Fundraising Director, spoke about our chosen charity of the year, Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity. This is a special organisation where people with life limiting illnesses, both in the Hospice and our community, are cared for by a team that delivers ‘over and above’. There will be further events and socials in the year where we will give a certain percentage from the ticket prices to the Hospice. We have also recently set up a JCI Just Giving page and welcome any donations [insert link]. 

The turnout was fantastic, with lots of interesting people to meet and stories to hear. JCI welcomes people from all types of backgrounds, cultures and countries and other JCI members from all over the world. 

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It was a great evening, which allowed new, current and past JCI members to socialise and learn more about how to get involved. 

Want to join us for our next event(s)? You wouldn’t want to miss it!

Our next events are:

            - Tuesday 10th March 2015 – ‘Stepping Up – secrets to becoming a world class networker’.  Venue: Kaplan Financial, Broadcasting House, 10 Havelock Road, Southampton, SO14 7FY. Book tickets at: http://bit.ly/1DPYOQr

            - Tuesday 17th March 2015 – JCI Southampton and Hampshire Chamber of Commerce Joint Networking Event. Venue: Pitcher and Piano, Southampton Unit 1, Block F, Ground Floor, Ocean Village, Southampton, SO14 3JB. Book tickets at: http://bit.ly/1KsbfuS

            - Thursday 19th March 2015 – ‘How you can single-mindedly crowdfund your business’ training session. Venue: Kaplan Southampton, Broadcasting House, 10 Havelock Road, Southampton, SO14 7FY. Book tickets at: http://bit.ly/1B7AcWb

            - Thursday 2nd April 2015 – JCI Southampton Social Event. Venue: The Dancing Man Brewery

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