7 Networking Tips for Networking NewbiesPaul
Networking is a great way to connect with other local businesses and build up your client base. But, the thought of small talk and exchanging business cards can often fill even the most professional person with dread. Sound familiar? Not to worry. With our seven simple networking tips, you can go from novice to a networking natural in no time.
1. Do Your Homework
Before even stepping foot into a networking event, it’s important to do your homework. This means researching the hosts, the attendees and preparing questions. You’ll feel more at ease if you’re organised, rather than scrambling for things to talk about.
2. Talk to Everyone
There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ person to talk to at networking events. Go without any expectations and be open to talking with everyone. You never know who you will strike up a professional connection with.
3. Listen and Ask Questions
There’s nothing worse than someone who dominates the conversation and doesn’t allow other people to join in. Make sure you allow other people to have their say. Build up a better connection by asking follow-up questions.
4. Don’t Oversell
Sell, sell, sell can often put people off at networking events. Instead, cool it on the sales pitch and get to know people on a personal level. This will naturally lead to you discussing the more professional side of things in time.
5. Join a Group
Networking can often be intimidating, especially if it’s a big one-off event. That’s why lots of business professionals take advantage of valuable resources and groups for local businesses. Informal meet-ups like coffee mornings, breakfast clubs and casual drink events will help you get used to networking in a casual environment, rather than diving in at the deep end.
6. Numbers Don’t Matter
Networking might seem like a numbers game, but this only creates unrealistic expectations for yourself. It’s great to talk to lots of people, but equally don’t feel like you’ve failed if you’ve only come away with one business card or new contact.
It’s about pushing yourself outside your comfort zone, not making yourself sick with worry that you haven’t done enough. Remember, you only need that one golden ticket connection to pay off in the long run.
7. Stay in Touch
The networking doesn’t end when the clock strikes 12 and you’re back in your golden carriage. Remember, in order to create valuable connections, it’s important you follow up – either with an email, phone call or meeting up at another event. This shows that you appreciate their time and that you want to build a lasting working relationship.
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