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Structure Your Networking!

July18

The other day I was chatting with my good friend Paritosh Pathak (Networking Guru) on how we can do effective networking. One of the things that clearly dawned on me was while we shout from roof tops on how we want to network more effectively or expand our network how many of us willing to spend the time and resources to do our homework?

If you truly want to expand your network you need to work at it! People who have wonderful networks have invested considerable amount of time and effort to not only expand and connect with people but significant amount of time in maintaining relationships. Its the retention of the networks which is key and in a very hectic and transaction driven world this becomes even more of a bigger challenge.

Paritosh believes and I can’t agree more with him that you need to set yourself a weekly networking time budget. It could be from an hour to how much ever you like for it to be. Then make sure that you exhaust your networking time budget even if there is no networking event. Don’t limit yourself to networking at events, go meet your clients, your prospects, have a coffee with those with whom you couldn’t close business, meet an advisor.

The second tip that Paritosh offers is to Strategize! Beginning of every week, strategize who are you going to meet this week. Plan the conversations that you are going to have and what value can you create for them. Plan ahead and fix meet at least a few days in advance so that you know how you week is looking like.

I would recommend you check out Paritosh’s Blog and if you need serious strategic advice – you should definitely connect with him.

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Digbijoy has a wide ranging experience across diverse sectors, initially started his career in education marketing with reputed educational institutes and then subsequently joined the advertising and events industry to execute several projects including a state election campaign for a national party, conceptualizing and running a restaurant chain in Delhi and several other projects.

He joined the Delhi chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE Delhi), where he worked for over 3 years and drove various key initiatives like mentoring, deal flow, marketing, sponsorships etc and left his last position as Associate Director of the chapter in 2008 to pursue his entrepreneurial ambitions. He subsequently joined techTribe- India largest Career Networking platform where he served as director strategic relations and drove unique initiatives and partnerships for building and sustaining community engagement. Post techTribe he co founded an online supplemental education start-up – TenMarks Education INC. which was acquired by Amazon.com in October 2013.

Post TenMarks he lead Ennovent India as its country director which is an innovation accelerator. Ennovent provide services to accelerate innovations for sustainability in low-income markets in developing countries. It specializes in helping clients discover enterprises with novel solutions, develop business models to start-up enterprises, provide finance by facilitating early-stage investments and grow operations to scale profit and impact. Since 2008, Ennovent has worked with over 4,800 Network members, 15 Circle members and 10 Solution clients to accelerate over 80 innovations in 10 countries.

Currently Digbijoy Co-leads the Startup Program for Amazon Web Services enabling the best startups leverage the power of AWS infrastructure.

Digbijoy also plays the role of Supporting Evangelist ™ to TiE Delhi-NCR the leading TiE chapter in the world and select startups like Breaking Barriers, Just Rojgaar, One Tree Spaces etc. He also regularly contributes to entrepreneurial blogs and publications and is often quoted by leading publications on impact Investing and social entrepreneurship.

Digbijoy is a B.A. Hons Economics, P.G. Diploma in sales and Management, an MBA from MDI Gurgaon (Executive) and has done a venture capital program in ISB.

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