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Essential Communication Skills in a Tough Economy: Networking & Interviewing Skills

Networking and interviewing are essential communication skills, especially in a tough economy. Professional speaker and communication expert Gilda Bonanno provided tips for networking and interviewing success at a Project Management Conference in 2009.

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Essential Communication Skills in a Tough Economy: Networking & Interviewing Skills

  1. 1. Essential Communication Skills in a Tough Economy - Networking & Interviewing Skills Presented by Gilda Bonanno
  2. 2. Networking
  3. 3. Networking connects you to others – internally & externally
  4. 4. Be confident (not cocky )
  5. 5. What is your message?
  6. 6. <ul><li>Practice your intro </li></ul><ul><li>Tailor it to the group </li></ul>
  7. 7. Non-verbals make a difference I’m so happy to be here today
  8. 8. <ul><li>Listen </li></ul><ul><li>Ask open-ended </li></ul><ul><li>questions </li></ul><ul><li>Paraphrase </li></ul><ul><li>Empathize </li></ul>
  9. 9. Follow up is key
  10. 10. <ul><ul><li>Talking too much </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making it all about you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Drive-by” networking </li></ul></ul>Traps to Avoid
  11. 11. Interviewing
  12. 12. HIRE ME! (I’m competent & engaging)
  13. 13. <ul><li>Connect your experience & background to the job </li></ul><ul><li>Look at it from the interviewer’s point of view </li></ul><ul><li>Be focused & concise </li></ul>
  14. 14. Non-verbals STILL make a difference (practice helps!)
  15. 15. What is your background? Why did you leave your last job? What are your strengths & weaknesses? Why do you want this job? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Why should we hire you? Do you have any questions for me?
  16. 16. How to handle the “phone screen”
  17. 17. How to handle the panel interview
  18. 18. Thank you note
  19. 19. <ul><ul><li>Bad-mouthing past employers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sounding negative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Being unprepared </li></ul></ul>Traps to Avoid
  20. 20. If you’d like more information about how to improve your communication skills, subscribe to Gilda's free, twice-monthly e-newsletter. Visit and enter your name and email address. Sign up now and receive a FREE Special Report, &quot;Six Mistakes to Avoid in Public Speaking, So Your Presentation Sparkles.”
  21. 21. Contact info for Gilda Bonanno, PMP: Website: Email: [email_address] Blog: Phone: 203-979-5117