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Connecting vs. Networking – Answer the Call to Conscious Leadership

Christopher King Founder and Chief Value Creator of King Connections, Conscious Leader, Connector, and Strategic Thinking Partner, Carl Shawn Watkins, Vulnerability & DEI Consultant, Transforming the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Landscape through Embracing Vulnerability in Leadership. Mr. Vulnerability ℠, and Sharon Clinton Co-Founder & COO of HelaPlex, Senior Human Capital Development Leader, Trusted Advisor, Executive Consultant, Speaker, Moderator, Author, Change Agent in OD, DEI, Racial Advocacy, Social & Community Impact gathered with me this month to talk about a topic that our C3 community chose and King proposed, connecting vs. networking.

If you couldn’t make it live, join or visit the C3 community on LinkedIn to gain access to the replay and find out what we said about:

  • What the distinction is between connecting and networking.
  • Which produces better results and why.
  • What are King’s 4 components of connecting.
  • How do you show up in spaces when you are about connecting.
  • What criteria are our panelists using for connecting.
  • Some best practices for connecting on LinkedIn.
  • How you practice connecting in a networking space.
  • What barriers stop leaders from making a connection with the people they lead.
  • How the dynamics of command and demand shift the space of connecting.
  • What place do grace and vulnerability have in connecting, and what does it look like.
  • How and why you “level the room,” no matter what that room might look like.
  • Two emotions we can use to create a baseline connection.
  • Other dynamics that exist that impact leveling and growth.

Book recommendation from King: 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, by Stephen Covey.

Future topics that came out of this event: Service vs. Servant.

With a very compelling question from King about who is qualified to lead DEI, answered equally compellingly by Sharon Clinton, they effectively teased us as to what kind of breakthrough insights we can look forward to during the DEI event that Sharon, Carl, and C3 veteran panelist Christopher Waters will host. If you’re not already in C3, join today to find out when that event will be and get first access to the event.

I feel so fortunate to have spent my time facilitating this powerful conversation with these amazing panelists, and am very excited to see what further co-creation results. That is what C3 is all about – co-creating a more conscious corporate landscape. What can you teach the C3 community that will help us move consciousness forward? Join now and introduce yourself and your topic to have it considered by the community for our next event.

Karen Huller, CEO of Epic Careering, is the co-founder of The Consciousness Conference (ConCon) and the C3: Corporate Consciousness Co-op community on LinkedIn. She is the creator of the Corporate Consciousness Ripple Blueprint and author of Laser-sharp Career Focus: Pinpoint your Purpose and Passion in 30 Days. She founded Epic Careering, a conscious career and leadership development firm specializing in executive branding, talent-values alignment, and conscious culture, in 2006. 

While the bulk of Mrs. Huller’s 20 years of professional experience has been within the recruiting and employment industry, her publications, presentations, and coaching also draw from experience in personal development, performance, broadcasting, marketing, and sales. Her solutions incorporate breakthroughs in neuroscience, human performance optimization, bioenergetics, and psychology to help leaders accelerate rapport, expand influence, and elevate engagement and productivity while also looking out for the sustainability of the business and the planet.

Mrs. Huller was one of the first LinkedIn trainers and is known widely for her ability to identify and develop new trends. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, Certified Career Transition Consultant, and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with a Bachelor of Art in Communication Studies and Theater from Ursinus College and a minor in Creative Writing. Her blog was recognized as a top 100 career blog worldwide by Feedspot. 

Mrs. Huller was an Adjunct Professor in Cabrini University’s Communications Department and an Adjunct Professor of Career Management and Professional Development at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. As an instructor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, she has helped two of her students win the 2018 National Competition to be named America’s Next Top Young Entrepreneurs, one student to win the 2019 People’s Choice Award and to land in the top 8 during the (virtual) 2020 National Competition, and yet another student to win the 2022 National Competition to be named America’s Next Top Young Entrepreneur.

She serves on the board for the Upper Merion Community Center, which she helped establish, and is an advisor to Florida International University for their Women in Leadership program. For her service as Vice President of the Gulph Elementary PTC, she received recognition as a Public Education Partner and Promoter from the Upper Merion Area Education Association. Mrs. Huller has also been the lead singer for Harpers Ferry, a rock cover band, for 20 years. She lives in King of Prussia, PA with her husband, two daughters, and many pets, furry, feathered, and scaly.

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