Special Event Recap: Make the Connection: Practical Networking Strategies that Work for You

What is networking? How do you prepare for a ‘networking’ event – your approach, look, conversation points, questions? How do you overcome shyness to approach others? Or how do you elegantly end a conversation? What is way the best to follow up and maintain new relationships?

Helen Iwata, CEO of Sasuga Communications K.K., answered these questions and more on how to achieve networking success during her motivating workshop on ‘practical networking strategies.’  Helen has wide ranging experience in coaching and training multinational clients in communication skills, including presentations, meeting facilitation, leadership and teamwork.Helen Iwata Workshop Questions (2)

During the two hour workshop, Helen encouraged participants to leave their comfort zones, starting with a fun ‘hands on’ activity – learning the importance and meaning of a handshake.

After a stimulating discussion on the importance of preparation before going to an event, each participant practiced their skills and integrated their newly acquired knowledge by asking Helen key conversation questions– which was also a fun way to discover more about her inspiring life!

Helen also shared many different ways of following up with contacts, the importance of staying connected, and even how best to organize the business cards after a networking event.

The evening rounded up with a successful networking session! As many participants were meeting for the first time, it was the perfect opportunity to practice, connect and extend everyone’s networks. Everyone left with a positive view of networking and how using simple, but practical, conversation techniques can further their careers.

FEW thanks Helen for this inspiring event and for giving us many new ideas on how to meet new people and make the most of networking.

Find out more about Helen Iwata at She is also a TEDx speaker, author of 英語の仕事術 (Eigo no Shigoto-jutsu), and a Nikkei Style monthly columnist.

Helen Iwata Workshop Group



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