Helen Nicholson has been called "The Networking Queen" by many of her clients. Helen began her career as an accountant after studying at Wits University and has since evolved into a passionate entrepreneur. She is the director of The Networking Company, specialising in teaching people to Master the art of networking. She has recently published the business best seller: "Networking- How to get your black belt in business success"
Helen lived in the Middle East for five years where she developed and sold her own successful business in Dubai before returning to South Africa. She also gained international corporate experience in the IT industry, co-ordinating the marketing Middle East operation for Novell.
Mckinsey identified the ability to connect and network as one of the top three requirements for business leaders globally in 2013. People know they need to develop business networks, but often lack the "how to" and practical application.
At the Networking Company we specialise in training business people to master the art of business networking. There are many misunderstandings and myths about networking. Many people think it's only for extroverts or sales-people or that it's about dull boring cocktail parties
We debunk many of those myths and many introverts realise through our training process the great value they bring to their networks i.e. follow-up and listening, which are key networking skills. Extroverts also realise how to take their networks to the next level. When networks function at their highest levels they result in mutually beneficial business relationships, that take people's personal brands and their careers to the highest levels.
Lewis Pugh after hearing Helen Nicholson speak on the Power of Networking×
Helen Nicholson, CEO of the Networking company- interview on CNBC Africa, April 2014×
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"This workshop is on top of its game. It’s fun, interactive and practical. The simplicity of the concept makes it powerful for a novice as well as a seasoned connector. Helen's passion for this work is contagious and it makes one believe in the power of networking and the empowering ripple effects this has on personal and professional growth. This workshop is a must." - Nishani Ford, Learning & Development, Nedbank
"My team learned so much this morning- thank you! They especially enjoyed the fact that it was the perfect blend of theory and practice. So worthwhile-thank you!" - Marcel Klaassen, Head: New Business Acquisition, Business Banking, FNB Commercial
"This was an exceptionally enlightening workshop.I received excellent feedback from the grads as It's helped them identify gaps in their networking skills and the importance of their personal brand. I can already see the value this information will add to my and to their career. " - Frances Laenen, FNB Graduate Co-ordinator, FNB