February 16 2009
You may find that some of these tips are easier than others. Challenge yourself. Make it a point to practice them. In time they’ll all become second nature to you.
Networking Tips: networking is also personal marketing. Master networking and you’ll have a dynamic marketing method at your fingers tips!
Networking Tips: always start with a positive attitude. Your goal is to
establish relationships – no one wants to spend time with a whiner or negative attitude.
Networking Tips: have a prepared introduction. This is referred to as your “commercial”. It should contain a brief 2 or 3 sentences outlining what you do and your name.
Networking Tips: be interesting. A strategy – know what the current topics are for the day and in your area. Ask open-ended questions that cause the other person to interact in the conversation.
Networking Tips: be on time. Hold your head up. Make eye contact. If crowds make you nervous find someone standing alone and start a conversation.
Networking Tips: your handshake should be firm, that goes for both sexes, not bone breaking! Hold your drink, plate or anything else in your left hand so your right hand is always free, dry and ready!
Networking Tips: when in a conversation “LISTEN” to what is being said and react to it. Pay attention.
Networking Tips: when in a conversation make eye contact, look at the person the majority of the time.
Networking Tips: when in a conversation stand still, don’t fidget, rock back and forth or play with hair or clothes.
Networking Tips: when in a conversation be aware of your posture, sitting up straight or even leaning toward the speaker. No slouching.
Networking Tips: when in a conversation the most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.
Networking Tips: when in a conversation, how do you do? How can you improve?
Networking Tips: you must be genuinely interested in others. Listen, acknowledge what has been said and make eye contact.
Networking Tips: the point isn’t just to introduce yourself, give out business card, and leave. The point is to make personal connections with others.
Networking Tips: work the room. Mingle. Don’t stay with the same person or group all night. Make plans to follow up with them and circulate. Challenge yourself to meet between 3 to 5 new people.
Networking Tips: give and get a business card to everyone you meet. Offer your card and ask for one if it isn’t offered.
Networking Tips: be sure to make notes on the back of each business card to remind yourself of what you discussed, hobbies, travel, interests, nicknames etc.
Networking Tips: be sure to follow up on any promises you made. Also be sure to follow up with everyone you meet within 24 hours of the event.
Networking Tips: networking is about being authentic, building trust and relationships, and seeing how you can help others. Not just seeing how they can help you.
Networking Tips: set objectives for each networking event. Have a plan. Are you there to learn, volunteer or is it strictly making business connections.
Networking Tips: visit multiple networking groups that spark your interest. Before joining ask: Is the group leadership effective? Are the members supportive? Professional?
Networking Tips: once you join a group volunteer for a position to stay visible. This will help you become known as a powerful resource.
Networking Tips: establish yourself as a strong resource (expert) and people will turn to you for suggestions, ideas, names of other people, etc.
Networking Tips: by establish yourself as an expert everyone knows you and every one wants to know you…you create your own buzz.
Networking Tips: in order to get referrals, you must first have a clear understanding of what you and articulate it to others.
Networking Tips: be able to articulate what you are looking for and how others may help you.
Networking Tips: follow through quickly and efficiently on referrals you are given.
Networking Tips: when you’re given referrals, your actions are a reflection on the person giving it. Respect and honor that and your referrals will grow. Disrespect it and they dry up.
Popularity: 20% [?]