Networking events are a great way to interact with people, exchange information, and develop contacts. In order to accelerate your career, you will have to stand out at these events by building lasting relationships with people. Here are 5 tips to get you started:
1. QUANTITY – THE MORE, THE BETTER
Building relationships is about quality. Making connections is about quantity. Put yourself in positions to meet a large number of people and build your connections.
2. PERSISTENCY – IT TAKES MANY TRIES TO MAKE A MEANINGFUL CONNECTION
When you are networking with successful people, they are often busy. Keep at it. If you are respectful, but persistent, you will reap rewards of the work.
3. INGENUITY – PUT ON YOUR THINKING CAP
There are many ways to meet people, you just have to find out which way for which person. Think about meetings, unique events, databases, and other interest groups that your target market may be interested in.
4. OWNERSHIP – NO ONE ELSE CAN DO YOUR NETWORKING FOR YOU
When you commit to networking, you have to own it because you are selling YOU. Keep notes, track your contacts in one place, and be organized with your connections.
5. AUTHENTICITY – BE GENUINE
Making connections requires you to be YOU because that’s who they are networking with. Show a genuine interest in others and offer some unique value.