Key Points from CULYP Networking Workshop

Hosted by Tasha Booker, VP and Executive Director at City Year Columbus

  • Volunteering will often bring more opportunities than your career. That’s how you get remembered.
  • Three P’s: Power, Presence, Perception


  • Power in your personal brand and your story. Who are you? Past, present, and future. FORM
  • Power in knowing what you want. “What can I do for you?” when speaking with high-profile individuals. Know what support you need and can offer. Know how you can help and demonstrate reciprocity
  • Ask for advice. People love talking about themselves.
  • Power in knowing your community, current events, trends, destinations, etc.
  • Know key players. Meeting higher-ups in organization creates connection
    • Referenced Devil Wears Prada
    • Columbus CeO
    • Smart Business
    • Community Reports
    • Columbus Business First
    • Columbus 2020
  • Know current events! “We” aren’t expected to know current events. Show that you’re interested.
  • Give everything (new experiences) 1 try and re-evaluate the value
  • Force yourself to talk to new people and go by yourself
  • FOMO = Fear of Missing Out


  • How do you enter a space and own a room?
  • Present in the conversation
  • Are you yourself?
  • If people don’t like you, you lose authentic leadership
    • She typically misses the first and last 15 minutes
  • To get to the big fish, you have to be intentional about what you want


  • How do I perceive myself? How do others perceive me? Ask colleagues and mentors
  • Lead with strengths (don’t focus on weaknesses)
    • Any strength overused can become a weakness
  • You’ll never convince people you’re worthy your words
  • How do you manage your personal and professional life?
    • What you portray personally reflects your professional endeavors
  • You don’t always have to prove yourself (pride). Choose your battles
  • Sometimes, not sharing enough can hurt you.
  • Leaders don’t need to know everything about everything
  • Staying power –> excellence
    • Master your current spot
  • Don’t bring challenges without a solution

Recommended Reading

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People
  • Crucial Conversations
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
  • Never Eat Alone
  • Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success 
  • One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership

About Ernest Levert Jr.

Aspiring Servant-Leader studying engineering principles, financial stewardship, business management, and psychology fundamentals in order to cultivate passionate leadership, disseminate positive energy, uplift the community and ultimately create a brighter future for generations to come.
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