Chi Chi Okezie suggests different ways to use AI when networking

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the current buzzword and a frequent topic of discussion. This phenomenon is not new but is now making its way into every aspect of our lives. AI touches every industry, and, as business professionals, leaders and influencers within our sectors, it is important that we use it responsibly. AI tools and platforms range in price, quality and capability; when deciding which platform or app to use, research those aspects. Make sure that you take the time to learn the application and its functionalities to be efficient. Use the technology wisely and with discretion.

Do Use AI for Market Research

Utilize AI to learn about companies or industries. If you are on a job search, use the data to find information on job descriptions, pay rates and work policies that may apply to you. It is important to verify and validate the information for accuracy, as, depending on the platform or type of software, the information may not be current. Reach out to contacts within your network to get advice and additional guidance.

Do Use AI to Sharpen Your Skills

Make the most of AI by learning soft and technical skills which are related to your career or industry. Search for tools that can enhance your communication style, business etiquette and other useful expertise. Sharpening your skills can make you competitive and marketable while networking and building quality relationships. It can be a unique differentiator, which can make you memorable and top of mind. Spend time honing your skills and using the applications properly.

Do Use AI to Stay Organized

AI can offer advice or resources for time management, streamlining work processes, team building and other engagement tools. Using AI for scheduling networking meetings (in person or virtually), note-taking and other administrative components saves time and enables accessibility. Once again, take time to learn the unique features and use them appropriately.

Don’t Use AI as an Authority

AI is a functional tool, but do not use it as the prime authority for your research or connections. Make sure to fact-check your results and outputs. Use multiple credible sources to verify information. Take particular care with personal contacts: names, email addresses, locations of companies, etc. These tools do not consistently guarantee a high level of accuracy. Always be aware and stay cautious.

Don’t Use AI for Creativity

Although AI can be beneficial for productivity, it lacks creativity and originality. Be alert when using it for your professional bio, profile or online image. Apply your judgment and refer to counterparts in your networks for feedback. Take the time to learn the platform, practice using the prompts and save your searches (if applicable). Ensure that the information you are using is relatable and relevant to your personal and professional brand.

Chi Chi Okezie is the owner and producer of SIMPLEnetworking, LLC, a consulting firm based in Metro Atlanta, GA, USA which specializes in business networking, diversity and inclusion. Her company was granted a Proclamation for Business Networking Day by ... (Read More)

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