There’s no way around it: if you want to get noticed, you have to put yourself out there. This could mean a coffee meeting, attending an evening event or getting brunch. Whatever it looks like for you, make sure you are getting the most out of your visits – make the most of your networking.
When you are trying to build connections and grow your personal and professional brands, think about your most precious asset: time. There will be several opportunities to “work the room,” which some will be obvious and others will not. Knowing how to manage your commitments will pay off. No matter the event or person, let these tips guide you toward stronger networking skills.
- Arrive on Time and Follow-up Not only is arriving on time the polite thing to do, it gives you a certain advantage if you fall more on the early side. The early birds get to scope out the room and strike up conversations with those who haven’t settled into groups yet. They also have time to gather their thoughts and properly prepare for the event. Also, follow through on any promises to send an email or connect on social media. You are only as good as your word.
- Diversify and Don’t Linger. When at events, try not to limit yourself to one conversation. Keep moving, ask open-ended questions and let your business card find its way to as many pockets as possible.
- Be A Resource. When others think of you as valuable, they will turn to you for suggestions, ideas and could refer you to others. Word of mouth is something you want on your side, so make sure others not only know about your business but have good things to say about you and your business.
As an entrepreneur, connections are vital and there are many instances in which you are relying on other people to build your business. Get your name out there and keep meeting others in your targeted field.
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