Things You Can Learn About Networking from a Fifth Grader

The fifth grade is a very important time in a young person’s life. By this point in their education 5th graders should move beyond just doing what they are told but begin problem-solving skills. They can understand charts, timelines, and will begin improving their literacy skills.

I remember my sons had never ending homework, fifth grade luau and field trip to Land Between the Lake. They had a wonderful time and enjoyed lots of fun and learned more that what was in the text books.

Here are just a few of things that 5th graders can teach you about Business Networking:

Arrive on time – It is never okay to be late. As a professional you are expected to be on time and be prepared to do your task on hand. I think we all have heard the saying that early is on time, on time is late and late is not acceptable. Don’t show up late to a next working event. If you get there early, then you can review the name tags on the tables, you can scoop out the best location to stand and learn the flow of the room.

Follow the dress-code There is always a dress code, even if one is not listed. Always be aware of what others will be wearing and dress the same or slightly above the group. At a networking event you want to be notice, but not to be a spectacle.

Do your homework = Always make sure that you prepare for an event. Know what the purpose of the event, who should be attending the event and what your goal should be.

Be nice to other people – I believe that the 5th grade is where people learn you should be nice to everyone. It doesn’t cost anything to be nice to people and life is a lot more fun when you are. Treat everyone as if they are the president of the company because you may actually be speaking with that person.

Work hard every day – The homework never ends nor does the play-time. Working hard and playing hard makes everything better. A Networking event is not a time to just disappear. It is a time to achieve your goals of meeting new people, holding a relevant conversation and earning that follow-up meeting.

I hope that these tips can help you remember the joy you have in the 5th grade and your since of achievement.