Learning to Love Networking

Love it or loathe it, networking is an essential component of today’s business world. Aside from some extroverts who thrive on the social engagement involved in networking and love cold-calling and working a room, many see it as a somewhat superficial exercise that lacks authenticity. However, the research says something different. According to Neil Munz-Jones, author of ‘The Reluctant Networker (not an affiliate link)’, up to 70% of positions are filled via networking and he has numerous stories of how networking led to the sale of new consulting projects.

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Why I Have Made It My Mission To Connect With Every Mining Engineer In Australia

If you type the words mining engineer into LinkedIn and limit the location to Australia the search shows around 5,700 people. Not that many when you consider the scale of the Australian mining industry. This is just enough people to fill 11% of Suncorp Stadium or only 6% of the MCG. It is little wonder that as the industry heats up we are all struggling to find resources from such a small pool of people. It does, however, raises some interesting questions: 

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MEC Mining Champions Women in Mining and Resources

MEC Mining was pleased to host this month’s Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) networking event.

It was a full house at the sold out breakfast event, as we welcomed our guest speakers onto the panel:

  1. Catherine Shooter – Discipline Engineering Manager at BHP,
  2. Loren Ager – Principal of Learning & Development at MEC Mining, and
  3. Negin Beaton – Development and Communications Coordinator at the University of Queensland and Senior Mining Engineer at MEC Mining.

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Experts explore leadership in mining at MEC networking event

Lead by example; talk to people in a language they understand; be clear and confident in your message and your expectations. These were some of the pieces of advice given to mining engineers at MEC Mining’s recent industry networking event on 22 March. Over 50 people were present for the evening at Brisbane’s Alchemy Restaurant and Bar to exchange ideas on creating highly functional teams and balancing work performance with a healthy company culture.

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Networking – Are you running with the right herd?

Building networks is an important part of both your professional and personal life. It’s now commonly quoted that “you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. So if you’re not running with a herd that reflects your values and goals it might be time to upgrade.

Potential benefits of networking include:

  • Finding out about new opportunities
  • Teaming up with like-minded people to collaborate on projects/ideas
  • Finding a mentor
  • Becoming someone else’s mentor
  • Exchanging ideas
  • Getting out of your comfort zone
  • Getting some advice
  • Giving some advice
  • Sharing experiences
  • Making contacts for the future

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