If meeting and greeting people is something you love to do, then you’re already a natural at networking. Networking boasts a whole load of benefits for you and the company you represent such as; client leads, partnerships and fresh ideas so it’s important that you take such business opportunities whenever they arise.
We’ve compiled a quick list of our favorite networking tips to help you network to your best ability and allow you to enter the room oozing with confidence!
Be prepared to answer in-depth questions about yourself and the company you represent. This may seem obvious but there have been plenty of times people have been lost for words at such events. If you’re presenting at the event prep like you’ve never prepped before!
It’s always useful to research some of the people who will be attending the event. There may be people your interested in or those who you feel would give you the best advice. A simple Google or Linkedin search will familiarize you with their background and they’ll know you’ve done your research when you approach them. Researching how other people advertise themselves may also give you some ideas about how you could present yourself professionally.
Get used to making small talk that’s not about the weather! Find out what someone’s interests are and what they like doing if the business conversation isn’t flowing. Once you’ve exchanged all of your personal and professional viewpoints make sure you say ‘how good it was to speak to them’ and ask if they have a business card.
Find out who knows whom
At networking events it’s helpful to have an idea of who knows whom. This way you be able to get closer to the people who you share interests with.
Leave a lasting impression by helping others who are in the networking situation. Introduce people to connections you think they may benefit from. This may benefit you in the future when someone returns the favour.
If the events gone really well and you come home with reams of business cards then be sure to stay in touch. It’s important to maintain your network and this can be done through a number of ways such as, an email, call or meeting.
Networking is fantastic for personal development. It’s important that you keep at it to develop your interpersonal skills and career prospects. Never miss out on opportunities to grow!