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MLDP Recap: "Networking Strategies for a New Generation" with Kaneisha Grayson

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As part of MLDP, we encourage student participants to attend other Rockefeller Center programs in order to enrich their Dartmouth experience. Read a student account of a Rockefeller Center program, and for more information about MLDP, click here. 

On Sunday, I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of a Webinar by Kaneisha Grayson on “Networking Strategies for a New Generation.” Not only were her experiences and education extremely relevant to the occasion, but Grayson was a pleasure to hear as a speaker and made her talk simple and practical to follow. She emphasized the importance of networking in today’s world as an effective tool to receive guidance and encourage others to support and cheer for you. On the practical front, she discussed LinkedIn profiles, who to connect with on LinkedIn and the art of sending effective emails.

What really resonated with me was her emphasis on finding commonalities between oneself and the person one is trying to network with. Despite the fact that this seems mere common sense when stated like this, people often overlook the importance of establishing a prior bond with another person. She talked about tapping into the rich Dartmouth alumni network and using it to make effective and informed decisions. What was also very interesting was her comment on how these bonds become more important the further you are from the thing that binds you. Being an international student, I could fully agree with her since here at Dartmouth, my country tends to be the basis of the strongest bonds I make.

She also talked about writing effective emails which I thought was especially relevant. I was amazed by how focusing on minor details and setting clear but respectful deadlines can exponentially improve the chances of getting a reply. 

All in all, it was a wonderful learning experience! 
-- Written by Mahnum Shahzad ’15, MLDP participant Fall 2013

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