SEMA Member News -- March/April 2009
Develop Opportunities for Greater Involvement in the Industry
By Laurel Dasher
Networking leads to more opportunities for involvement in the
"How can I get more involved?” That’s one of the most common
questions that Young Executives Network (YEN) members ask the Select
Committee. It is the single most important question that drives the
committee, yet it is the most difficult question for us to answer.
After endless conversations and much debate, the best answer we can
give you is to utilize the networking opportunities available and
become a master networker.
Most people aren’t born great networkers. It is a learned skill that takes a great deal of practice and gumption.
Networking can be as simple—and sometimes as difficult—as walking up
to someone at an industry event, introducing yourself and striking up a
completely random conversation. At the very least, you will walk away
with one more person added to your network.
Networking will not only help you to become a great leader, but will
ultimately lead you to more opportunities for involvement in the
industry. The more people you know, the more people you can
influence—and be influenced by—both professionally and personally.
As a YEN member, you already have a network of more than 650
associates, all of whom share at least one common interest—the
automotive aftermarket. How you utilize this network is up to you. It
is unrealistic to attend every SEMA mixer or event, so why not embrace
the technology that is available to you today: e-mails, phone calls and
I would like to leave you with six networking strategies that I read in Understanding Influence for Leaders at All Levels,
by Robyn Henderson: communication and connecting, giving recognition,
empowering others, becoming a role model, building strategic alliances
and masterminding a group (i.e., creating your own YEN circle). Now get
2009 YEN Mixers
During the week of the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show, YEN will
hold a mixer where members can practice their networking skills. Be
sure to attend.
The Ram Restaurant & Brewery
Thursday, March 12, 2009
6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
140 South Illinois St.
Indianapolis, IN 43225
In addition, YEN will be holding several regional mixers in 2009.
Information on these events will be publicized in SEMA eNews, SEMA
Member News and on the YEN webpage (www.sema.org/yen).
For more information about upcoming mixers or other YEN events, contact
SEMA Council Relations Director and YEN Liaison Paul Moritz at
909/396-0289, ext. 112 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.