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EPFP Networking Challenge: January
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EPFP Networking Challenge



January Challenge

Follow Up on Following Up


Did you know that all EPFP Fellows and alumni have access to the entire EPFP directory? This houses the contact information for more than 8,500 alumni in all 50 states and more than 300 current Fellows.

As a member of the EPFP community you're encouraged to use the network to connect with other EPFP Fellows and alumni in your field or state, or to reconnect with members of your cohort. The directory can be used for more than just job searching--you can reach out to folks to collaborate on projects, get to know people in a new area, or ask for expertise or advice on a topic you're interested in. You can think of EPFP as another alma mater; far more often than not, EPFP alumni are excited to meet others who have shared in the same experience and have a passion for education.

The Challenge

New year, new faces and new conferences and networking events (like WPS!). When you meet someone new at an event, exchange business cards and follow up with them with them by email or on LinkedIn within one week. Be sure to reference something specific from your conversation, whether it was a big work project or your Superbowl predictions--to help trigger their memory. Chances are, everyone you interact with at a conference is chatting with a number of other people, too!

If you're feeling really ambitious and eager to step up your networking game, follow entrepreneur Ivan Misner's simple 24/7/30 system:

  • When you meet someone new, drop them a note--either handwritten or an email--within 24 hours
  • Connect with them on social media--particularly LinkedIn and Twitter--within 7 days
  • In the next 30 days, schedule an in-person meeting with them (if you live in the same area) or a phone conversation (if you're farther apart)


Share your EPFP Networking Challenge progress with us!

We want to know how you're doing on the Networking Challenge and learn about the new contacts you're making! Tweet about your Networking Challenge experience using the hashtag #epfpnetwork and be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card and be recognized at the 2017 Washington Policy Seminar!


Questions? Ideas? Thoughts? Contact Sarah McCann, National EPFP Program Coordinator, at


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