Networking fosters relationships in the professional world and beyond. What better way than to develop good networking habits in CKI! As a starting point, being involved in the district Kiwanis Family programs is a great way to encourage networking in Circle K clubs. From there, you can consider the following networking strategies to further enhance your relations.
Simple in concept, but developed through practice
1. CKI Networking while in CKI
We do this every day! Meeting new people in the club, at interclub events, and attendance at district events is a great way to network with CKI members and Kiwanians alike! Encourage higher attendance at interclub and district events to members in your club. Also, network down the Kiwanis Family, and encourage the younger branches you work with to continue their membership in the Kiwanis Family too!
2. Club Networking:
Circle K Alumni are everywhere, but often times it’s hard to keep track. If you feel up to the task, consider keeping better records of your club members (either through Facebook groups, email lists, or membership form archives). The earliest you can ever start is this year! Maybe one day your records will grow, and you can throw your own CKI alumni event! Always encourage old members to join Kiwanis after graduation, and remain involved with CKI. Whether or not they involve themselves right away, it’s important we foster the lifelong commitment to service and contribution in our clubs! If they stay involved, you may reconnect with them one day.
3. Networking Internationally
LSSP and ICON are excellent events to meet CKI members and Kiwanians from around the world. However, since it may not be financially in your means to travel to LSSP or ICON, there’s other options too! Joining Kiwanis is the best way to stay in the network, but there’s also the CKI and KCI Alumni Association programs. Even if you haven’t graduated, adding yourself today ensures your invitation to Alumni events as international continues to develop the CKI network.
Link to CKI Alumni Association: http://sites.kiwanis.org/Kiwanis/en/Alumni/CKI-Alumni/Home.aspx
Link to KCI Alumni Association: http://sites.kiwanis.org/Kiwanis/en/Alumni/Key-Club-Alumni/Home.aspx
All three strategies are great ways to promote networking in your club and within the Kiwanis Family. Here are tips and tricks to promote networking yourself!
+ Develop a networking mindset! Think to yourself, “How could I better promote myself (or my club)?” Networking builds from small things like business cards, email signatures, and website links! Networking is like marketing, in that instead of marketing a product, you market yourself!
+ Portray yourself in a positive and professional way. Dress as seriously as you want to be taken, in any setting. Always be mindful of your manners and body language. Nothing says “professional” better than a confident handshake, fit for meeting new members, or the founder of a successful non-profit. Don’t forget to smile!
Portray yourself in a positive and professional way.
+ Strive to be a conversationalist! Having a set of topics to talk about beforehand will help pave the way to a more in-depth conversation. For example, ask a Kiwanian why they joined Kiwanis, or talk to a Key Club member about what’s going on in their high school life!
+ Follow up! If you ask for someone’s contact information, be sure to shoot them an email! Be generous in your appreciation notes, and maintain your network by taking a genuine interest in the well-being of others!
Simple in concept, but developed through practice – that’s networking! Networking is a great tool to further develop your Kiwanis Family Relations, and overall CKI Alumni network. Feel free to search up more networking tips to enhance your relationships with those around you!