Aidilfitry Celebrations Are About Food And Get Together

Aidilfitry is not just about food, it’s about connection!

SAMENTA Members and committees during the Aidilfitry Celebration

Just as the Aidilfitry celebration brings people together in joyous unity, networking and relationship-building are the cornerstones of personal and professional growth.

The Small and Medium Entreprises Association Malaysia (SAMENTA) had an Aidilfitry Celebration at Kitchen By OpenHouse in BSC recently.

The event was attended by:
– Members of the Parliament.
– Members from the embassies of Peru, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Sri Lanka, Australia and Russia.
– Government agencies such as MATRADE, MPC, MHTC, MyDigital, SME Corp, Mynic and more.
– Associations such as MEIF, MRCA, MFC, FMBA and more.
– Banks.
– Members of the media.
– Business owners and SAMENTA members.

Kitchen by OpenHouse offers one of the best authentic Malay Cuisine. And, drawing inspiration from the warmth of Hari Raya Open Houses, let’s explore how to cultivate meaningful connections, foster collaborations, and savour the essence of building relationships over good food.

  1. Embrace the Spirit of Aidilfitry
    It is characterized by open houses, where friends, family, and even strangers are welcomed with open arms. Take a cue from this spirit of inclusivity and hospitality in your networking sessions. Approach interactions with genuine warmth and an open mind, embracing the diversity of perspectives and backgrounds you encounter. 
  2. Break Bread Together
    Food has a remarkable ability to bring people together, breaking down barriers and fostering relationships. Having a 1-2-1 meal together creates a great relaxing moment to build rapport.
  3. Share Stories, Not Just Business Cards
    In networking settings, prioritise getting to know the person behind the professional title. Ask open-ended questions, actively listen, and share your anecdotes and insights. By fostering authentic connections based on shared experiences and interests, you lay the foundation for lasting relationships
    that go beyond business transactions. 
  4. Cultivate a Culture of Collaboration
    Aidilfitry celebrations often involve collaborative efforts, with family members and friends coming together to prepare meals, decorate homes, and organise festivities.
    Apply this collaborative mindset to your networking endeavours by seeking opportunities for mutual support and cooperation. 
  5. Keep in Touch and Catch Up
    Just as Aidilfitry gatherings provide an opportunity to reconnect with loved ones, networking is about staying connected and nurturing relationships over time. 
    Make a concerted effort to follow up with your contacts regularly, whether through email, phone calls, or in-person meetings. 
  6. Engage with Diverse Communities
    Broaden your networking horizons by engaging with diverse communities beyond your immediate circle. Attend events hosted by government agencies, private organisations, SMEs, and business owners from various industries. Embrace the opportunity to learn from different perspectives and forge connections that matter.

As we savour the flavours of authentic Malay cuisine and bask in the joy of Aidilfitry celebrations, let us also relish the opportunity to cultivate meaningful connections and foster collaborations in our personal and professional lives. By embodying the spirit of inclusivity, hospitality, and collaboration inspired by Aidilfitry, we can build relationships that enrich our lives and propel us towards success. So, let’s raise our glasses and toast to the power of networking, collaboration, and the shared experience of good food in bringing people together. Selamat Hari Raya and happy networking!

Melissa Chan

A die hard coffee fan who enjoys reading European histories, a chatter box and will drive people nuts for non-stop talking!

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