#2021Connect Networking Challenge

Start the New Year Stronger Together with the #2021Connect Challenge! 

During these times of uncertainty, it is important to stay connected with colleagues, clients, suppliers, peers, and friends to get us through these tough times.

During the month of January we are launching our #2021Connect Challenge in hope to bring people together. It’s a new year and starting back to work after a long break this campaign can help you get motivated to expand your network and create a positive start to your year!

Keep an eye on our socials to get involved and participate in the #2021Connect Challenge.

#2021Connect Networking Skills Webinar with Noel Davidson

Register below to join our free Networking Skills Webinar on 22 January at 11.00am with Noel Davidson, Head of Training at The Entrepreneurs Academy.

Registration will close at 9.00pm on 21 January.

Get Involved in #2021Connect for your Chance to Win

One lucky person will receive a one hour consult with Noel Davidson.

The winner will be selected from those most engaged with the campaign and focused on connecting!

Make sure you are following us on Social Media and engaging in the #2021Connect Challenge.

10 Days of Challenges for #2021Connect

So You're an Introvert

It can be tricky to step out of your comfort zone as you can often be surrounded by many extroverts who lead the conversation or generally seem a little more outgoing.

If you’re an introvert, chances are you don’t like small talk and naturally you prefer 1:1 scenarios.

Let’s build on that!

For today’s challenge, we ask you to arrange a video call with a close contact and one of their friends to help you #2021Connect.

This will help you get out of your comfort zone and expand your network in a safe way.

Listen Before Jumping In

Today’s #2021Connect Challenge is to listen before you speak.

When you are on a video call with peers, mentors, clients or customers who are already in the middle of a conversation, sometimes you can feel the need to jump in with your own story or personal anecdote.

While sharing personal stories can bring us closer, it is important to make sure they’re adding value to the conversation.

Instead, spend a moment truly listening to what is being said, then make a comment or ask a follow up question that shows you were closely paying attention.

Try to offer something in return and make the other person feel heard. This will show you care and value what the other person is saying.

Don't Forget to Smile

It’s time to smile!

Smiling makes it easier for people to connect with you because you are automatically perceived as more open and welcoming. It also helps them remember you.

For today’s #2021Connect Challenge, we would like you to upload a picture of yourself smiling on your Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter story tagging The Entrepreneurs Academy with #2021Connect.

Let’s see those smiling faces!

A Little Help From Your Friends

For today’s #2021Connect Challenge, it’s time to virtually reach out to your friends!

The best way to expand your network is through who you already know.

Start online today by taking a look at the friends or followers that your connections have on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, or even Twitter.

Pinpoint who has connections to your own industry to see how you might support each other!

Drop them a message via their inbox or even a quick phone call to see if they would like to connect with you and help achieve your mutual goals!

Don't Let Silence Scare You

The #2021Connect Challenge for today is learning to embrace moments of silence.

Silence is an interesting thing, some people find it incredibly uncomfortable, and they’ll go to any lengths to fill these moments; but for others, silence indicates comfort and thoughtful consideration.

We challenge you to take a moment with a peer or colleagues to relax and unwind from your busy day online and share a few minutes in meditation.

This can help you to learn to be comfortable and connect even through moments of silence.

Are you scared of silence or do you embrace it?

Show Your Appreciation

Let’s show some appreciation for our peers!

Your #2021Connect Challenge for today is to take a moment to write a thank you to someone who has done something to help you professionally advance.

Even if it was a while ago, a quick note acknowledging their kindness goes a long way to reinforce a relationship and strengthen a connection.

In these present times, many of us are working from home alone and it can be a lonely space. By sending a message or email to a peer, mentor, client or customer, it creates a connection and strengthens your relationship!

Reach out to someone who is just starting out in a new role!

During these challenging times, many people may not have had the opportunity for face-to-face interaction.

For today’s #2021Connect Challenge we ask you to drop a newbie a message, ask how they’re getting on and see if they need some help!

Try introducing yourself and find out something new about them!