Everyone understands how important networking is. We should always be looking forward to networking events, as well as enjoy meeting new interesting people. Yet, not everyone feels that way. They consider networking as a hard task. Do you too?
Well, as hard as networking you think it is, networking is still essential for your career or business. You may have heard tons of networking tips around, but you never really do it right away. Thus, set your mind straight, read these ultimate networking tips, and do it as soon as possible.
Remember that you may still be thinking that networking is a hard task? You may have to be your interesting self, and you have to put a smile on your face, but just relax. Consider it as a new and priceless chance to make new friends in your life.
2. Introduce yourself, interestingly
It is one thing to approach someone first, greet them, and introduce yourself and another by talking in direct ways about yourself which will not make you sound interesting at all. Try to be a little elusive in order to create some interest.
For example, do not mention your job position. Instead, tell people about one fun or interesting task that you do. It is more important to tell people about your skills (and that you have an interesting way to present yourself).
In fact, it may be better off delaying the job-talk for as long as possible. Get to know someone is the main thing to do! Else, enjoy the networking event as much as everyone else.
3. Literally listen
Yes, you met plenty of people on one occasion. It is not easy to put your focus on every single one of them, especially the boring ones. Most people’s concern is how they are prepared to introduce and start a conversation with someone, but do not forget about being a good listener.
Apart from you having to talk to people, you have to listen to what others are saying. Luckily, you should realise that this is the only chance for you to know whether that person is the right one for you to be talking to and connecting with.
Just listen, and you will learn. You will be thankful later when you try to recall what you have learnt!
4. Keep it brief
An introductory meeting will not need an hour to lasts. We can say that 45 minutes is the maximum time for that. Also, coffee talk or lunch ideally take half an hour. No need to waste someone’s time, since networking is not supposed to be aggressive.
Let them have a feeling that they will be meeting you again in the near future.
5. Always follow up
People will forget you even more easily when you don’t follow up. Thus, send a quick follow-up email on the next day, especially if you promise them that you will be in touch with them. Make this one as a priority.