I honestly had no idea what the first day of LIU was going to consist of. I’m glad the planning committee didn’t send out an agenda as to what the day/week would consist of because it kept me on the edge of my seat. I was fortunate enough to carpool with a fellow Hawkeye on the trip, Eric Crawford. We had some interesting conversations and we both felt that the week would be an exciting and educational one that will pay dividends down the road.
After a great first day, I have a different outlook on networking, my strengths, and using my strengths to my advantage. The “Networking” presentation given by Nick, TJ and Jon was a good one. I learned that just giving your name out to people won’t do much for you. Following up, or “the morning after”, as they described it, is the last and most essential part of the networking process. Sending an email or a written letter the day after you meet is a great way to stay fresh in that person’s mind. Remind the person about what you talked about and keep it fun and easy-going.
My definition of leadership is effectively organizing and motivating the people around you to accomplish common goals. That is my personal definition. There are many definitions in which I firmly believe describe what leadership means.
I agree about Matt's comment about the presentation given by the previous LIU students. I found it beneficial to see an "Elevator Speech" before actually meeting business leaders. Also, the time frames for contacting the people we met was very helpful.