Star of the show

International speaker is National Networking Week Ambassador

SHE'S an engineer, internationally acclaimed author and one of the most respected speakers in corporate America.

And next month, as a guest of the Australian Institute of Management - Qld & NT, Liz Lynch is coming to Queensland for an extensive tour as the official ambassador for National Networking Week (NNW).

AIM Qld & NT started National Networking Week in 2006 and the event has since grown to become one of the Institute's most well-received initiatives.

This year it runs from Monday 6 August to Friday 10 August.

Ms Lynch brings with her an impeccable personal and professional resume and will deliver her presentation, The Visible Leader, at nine events across Queensland including Cairns, Rockhampton and Brisbane.

Boasting an engineering degree from the University of California, Berkley and an MBA from Stanford University, Ms Lynch earned her corporate stripes working at world-renowned companies such as Goldman Sachs, Time Warner and Disney. She is the author of Smart Networking: Attract a Following in Person and Online and appears regularly on CNN, ABC News and Fox Business News.

Previous NNW Ambassadors have included Devora Zack, whose acclaimed book Networking for People Who Hate Networking has supported managers and leaders to increase their networking capability, and Scott Ginsberg aka the Name Tag Guy.

Ms Lynch said she was extremely proud to be the 2012 NNW Ambassador and was looking forward to arriving in Queensland.

"I know from experience that anybody can be great at networking," she said.

"The most important thing is attitude, namely a willingness to engage with others and find out what's important to them. Think 'relationship first, transaction second'."

Ms Lynch said attendees at her presentations would learn the strategy behind successful networking.

"No matter where attendees are along the networking spectrum, whether they avoid it or adore it, they'll learn a strategic process to help them build relationships more successfully both in person and online," she said.

"My philosophy is you don't have to network hard if you know how to network smart."

AIM will host 14 events during the National Networking Week. In addition to Ms Lynch's statewide tour there is an AIM Open House on the Gold Coast on Tuesday 7 August where seven individual speakers will present and Open House in Brisbane on Wednesday 8 August featuring 18 speakers. To stay up-to-date with NNW news in the lead-up to the event, visit facebook.com/aimcomau or www.networkingweek.com.au.



Liz Lynch
National Networking Week Ambassador Liz Lynch