Date: Friday, February 5, 2016
Location: Oakland University, Rochester Hills, MI
Event Description: Derek Dickow was the keynote on Best Practices for Networking and Professionalism at Oakland University on Friday, February 5th.
The alumni office co-hosts the annual Speed Networking event with the Career Services office. Modeled after the speed dating concept, speed networking connects alumni professionals and current students for multiple, five-minute long one-on-one networking sessions. This event gave students the opportunity to hear immediate feedback from alumni professionals on anything from fine-tuning “elevator speeches” to tips on professional dress to improving resumes.
Derek Dickow was asked to serve as the keynote speaker at the noon luncheon for alumni mentors and students attending the event. The Alumni Association knew Derek could provide an engaging and informative speech on a relevant topic around networking, professionalism, or another area that would be beneficial to the group. The speech lasted about 20 minutes and then ended with a few minutes for Q & A.
Amanda Fylan, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, praised the presentation, saying “In my role, I have seen many speakers and you were the most charismatic I have ever seen. I have only heard wonderful comments from the students and alumni professionals who were in attendance. I wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you again for stepping in at the last minute to provide a phenomenal keynote address.”
Amanda went on to say “Derek is a passionate speaker; his energy is electrifying! He engages the audience with valuable lessons that can be applied immediately. Derek took the time to network with the audience before and after the presentation providing in-depth and meaningful connections.”
Thank you to Oakland University for having Derek keynote the Annual Career Services Speed Networking Event. Best piece of advice: You can make a difference or you can make an excuse, but you can’t do both.