Wednesday, February 25, 2015


“The Richest People in the World look for and build NETWORKS, everyone else looks for work”. –   Robert Kiyosaki

As a corporate professional, expert or entrepreneur, networking is a key activity that is often neglected by many but critical to your personal growth and business development.

Whether you are growing company or small business, it is all about networking, building relationships and taking deliberate action. 

Building successful businesses take a lot of time and drive, therefore it’s always good to have a network of friends and associates to draw energy from and keep you going.

This is where the Young Adult Professional & Entrepreneur (YAP&E) social networking event becomes the ‘next best thing’ to happen to your personal and professional development.

YAP&E provides you a fun, engaging and highly interactive platform that surrounds you with people who share a similar drive and ambition to yours.

Generally you are more likely to move forward as a group but that’s not the only benefit of networking via YAP&E. In fact that’s only the beginning. 

                                               Young adult professionals & entrepreneurs interact at a YAP&E event

“There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs”


1.      Raising awareness about you: This is an opportunity for you as an individual, to not only tell your unique story but to sell it! Also, because you would be telling it to at least two to three persons at a time, it is important to remember that these are folks you probably have never met before. So consider this the grand stage of opportunity.

2.      Sharing and solving problems: During the motions of communication you grasp the opportunity to be a beneficiary of what your counterpart may have described as the solution his/her business provides and vice-versa.

3.      Building strong relationships and rapport: A fun atmosphere that is calming and properly organized really helps to get participants to relax and bond. It would surprise you just how easy it is to connect with a supposed total stranger once a mutual interest is identified.

                                       Young adult professionals & entrepreneurs interact at a YAP&E event

4.      Developing partnerships, leads and referrals: This is the big bang – collaboration. A very             interesting conversation about individual interests, services and solutions soon creates a superior         energy that is the result of two or more people coming together to create clever solutions for a             greater good.

5.      Becoming more influential in your industry: Your good-naturedness alone during a networking event could be your greatest unique selling point. In his book – The Way To The Top – Donald Trump interviews several business gurus on ‘the best business advice they have ever received’. And the one that stood out for me was ‘People like to work with people they like.’ Be the likeable person and you’re on your way to the top.

6.      Increasing efficiency and productivity: When you interact with people with like minds, one thing is sure, you learn. By hearing what others have done and experiencing their own success, you learn where you need to improve and how to go about it. And in so doing you enlarge your capacity for greater productivity and better efficiency.

7.      Educate yourself on industry trends and opportunities: You remain on top of your game. You can effortless articulate what products and or services rule the market and properly re-position your brand in a volatile market having gleaned wise counsel during your interaction with game changers.
                                                 Young adult professionals & entrepreneurs interact at a YAP&E event

8.      Identifying goals: Imagine being in a networking event and your first interaction is with an emerging competition. What better moment to identify possible ways to better align your products and services to your consumers without the fear of being run out of town.  See your challenges as an opportunity for growth!

9.      Increased confidence: Many people shy away from networking as ‘boring or bookish’. Roam wasn’t built in a day. It takes one networking event after another to build confidence in ‘you’ first and then gain trust in others. This is why you must not miss a YAP&E event! Visit for more info.

10.  Great connections: YAP&E is the ideal place for all young corporate professional, businessmen & women, experts and founders. It is a phenomenal mix of interesting people from various fields coming together to create a superior energy that is able to propel each person and or group into their next level of genius!

JOIN US to Network on the 26th of February 2015 @ Ginger Tapas & Grill, Cosmopolitan Mall, 6A Ologun Agbaje, off Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island.
Time: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

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