Business Development Leader Offers Advice for Making Meaningful Connections

UMUC graduate Sonny Tannan ‘13 is the Director of Business Development for the United Way of Central Maryland. He engages with community members and influencers to build partnerships and expand the organization’s financial support.

Sonny believes the secret to a successful career in business development is being authentic. He emphasizes a lesson he learned in the military, “Your integrity translates to who you are both professionally and personally. If you stay true to who you are, people will gravitate to you and you will be successful.”

You can hear his story and advice for building business relationships in this month’s Candid Career video. Log into CareerQuest to access additional career tools.

To expand your networking opportunities, ask yourself:

  1. Is there something you have done previously that has made your networking efforts more successful?
  2. What is your biggest challenge when it comes to networking?
  3. What are your networking goals in 2018?
  4. What is one that about your networking approach that you want to improve?

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