The art of networking

Kingsley Aikins

Kingsley is the CEO of The Networking Institute, a consultancy company that specialises in training in the areas of trade promotion, philanthropy, and diaspora engagement.

Prior to founding the Networking Institute, Kingsley held a variety of roles including Chief Executive of the Worldwide Ireland Funds and Founder and CEO of Diaspora Matters.

Kingsley is an ardent believer in the power- both political and professional- of networking. He has spent his life striving to bring together people regardless of geographical location under the one umbrella of promoting Irish interests.

Kingsley firmly believes that life is a game of inches, so let’s hear what advice he can share that will help move us all just a little further along our respective journeys.


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2:40 Kingsley’s early years

5:15 Moving to Sydney, Australia

9:10 Founding the Australia Ireland Funds and the Ireland Funds of New Zealand

11:30 How to make tall asks

13:20 The American Ireland Fund

18:47 Fundraising and philanthropy

25:52 The Irish diaspora

31:00 Emigration and immigration

36:52 FDI and the diaspora

39:00 Kingsley’s return to Ireland

40:04 Networking

48:10 Exposure

49:40 Mentorship

52:25 Building a network

1:02:25 Networking strategies

1:07:25 Weak connections

1:10:20 Relational vs transactional mindset

1:16:49 Habits

1:19:40 Stand-up comedy