March 11, 2020
Tagged As: Business
How to Network Your Way through Your Next Social Event
Whether you are a business owner, real estate agent, or a banker, walking into a room full of people can feel a little overwhelming.
Networking is a learned skill: the more you practice, the better you’ll get! Networking widens your professional circle, and not only benefits you, but can benefit your clients and business associates so you can add value to your working relationships. Here are four of my favorite tips to help widen your networking circle:
Remember, everyone else is at the event for the same reason you are, so walk up and introduce yourself with a handshake and a smile. Positivity is contagious!
“How did you come to be in your line of work?” For some, their career path can be quite an interesting story. Having an opportunity to share their story of success can leave helpful clues along the way as to who they are and what makes them tick. Remember to go beyond talking about the weather and really connect with someone on a personal level: ask out-of-the-box questions to have a more meaningful conversation.
Be a good listener:
People love to talk about themselves. Let them give you valuable insights about who they are and what they do. You might even learn something new!
Follow-up: Contact them again within 24 hours.
Shoot them an invite on LinkedIn, send an email, or even a hand-written note to help build rapport with someone you've just met. If appropriate, you may even find time to connect for a cup of coffee or lunch to talk about opportunities with each other.
Try using these four tips at your next networking event. You never know – it may help open a door to new opportunities for you and your business.