About Jean Evans – The Networking Architect
Jean Evans is an award winning expert on all things networking. It is her passion, and one that is borne out of experience and plenty of trial and error, mistakes and mishaps. Through her blogs, podcast and social media channels, Jean shares tips, tricks, hacks and ideas on how to become an effective networker in business. You can find out more about Jean’s story and her journey in her blog, Me, Myself and I.
Jean Evans is an award winning expert on all things networking. It is her passion, and one that is borne out of experience and plenty of trial and error, mistakes and mishaps. Through her blogs, podcast and social media channels, Jean shares tips, tricks, hacks and ideas on how to become an effective networker in business.
She has been a member of many networks including Dublin Chamber, DLR Chamber, WIBN, LeanIn, Venture Business Network and BNI to name a few. She is currently a member of Network Ireland, IIBN, South Dublin Chamber, Enterprising Women’s Network (DLR).
Jean is currently the Chair of the Citywest B2B in the South Dublin Chamber. She is the current President of the Network Ireland Wicklow Chapter for 2021. Jean is also on the national Mentoring for Success panel within Network Ireland.
Jean’s background spans 22 years in tourism, having worked in a number of roles across Bord Failte and Tourism Ireland, covering Italy, Malta, Greece and Cyprus as Travel Advisor and subsequently as Trade Representative. In 2003 she moved to the New York office of Tourism Ireland to take on the role of Business Tourism Manager, before returning to Ireland to run the Dublin Convention Bureau in 2004.
A slight change in direction in 2008 saw Jean take up the role of Director of Conferences in a global company, MCI, running the professional conference organising division. In this role, Jean was involved in many committees and associations, including Chair of Association of Irish Professional Conference Organisers and an international committee member of the International Association of Professional Conference Organisers.
Life After Redundancy
After being made redundant in 2017, she switched careers and worked in a sales, marketing and brand ambassador role for Highline Office Technology. What Jean realised at this stage was that she was well connected and networked in a niche area, but when she stepped outside of this arena, she had a lot of networking to do. She had to basically start from scratch.
Why NetworkMe Was Born
With the onset of Covid19, lockdowns and general turmoil, Jean took the chance to review her career. Upon reflection she found that her purpose was to connect people, to help them network with confidence and with ease, With this NetworkMe was born.
NetworkMe spans training, speaking, facilitation, mentoring and coaching on all areas of networking. As someone who has networked both at corporate and career level, to networking in the SME community, Jean shares unique insights into networking from the perspective of a shy introvert.
She firmly believes that if all business owners and ambitious professionals learn to network successfully that they will grow in confidence, both personally and professionally. And with growing confidence, businesses will excel, flourish and it will be a rising tide effect. Most things in business can be outsourced. The one thing that can’t be outsourced is learning how to connect with other people and how to build strategic, effective and solid relationships.