The first lesson that the summer interns of MCO learned was how important networking is when it comes to doing business in China; networking skills are essential for business professionals to build strong, long-term relationships, and to keep up-to-date with latest information in the industries where their interests lie. The good news is, it’s really not as intimidating as it sounds.

Interns Learn How to Network in China

 The interns learn about do’s and don’ts of networking

The interns learn about do’s and don’ts of networking

On June 2, the summer intake of interns came together for a short training session focused on professional networking in China. The interns learned about the basic concept and general goals of business networking, as well as specific details they need to keep in mind.

To start with, the interns discussed their own strengths and weaknesses in terms of communicating with people. Next, Chris and Miranda talked about do’s and don’ts of networking, hot topics and taboo topics in a professional conversation, as well as dress code and other etiquette rules specific to networking in China. “It’s like presenting yourself as a brand.” Explained Miranda.

 Interns learn how to exchange name cards in a professional manner.

Interns learn how to exchange name cards in a professional manner.

It was the small things that sounded the most challenging to the interns. How to skillfully join a group conversation? How do you cut off a conversation that’s been going too long? “These are the things that you learn over time.” Said Chris, after answering the interns’ questions and concerns.

It takes time and effort to master the art of networking. With basic ideas as well as specific tips in mind, the summer interns of MCO are ready to take their first steps into the business world.

- Kaixin Bao

 

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