Networking Tips

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Tips For Growing Your Professional Networking

 
 

Networking is all about putting your best foot forward and making an opportunity work for you. Here are the most valuable tips I've come across over the years and put to work myself.

 

 Make your presence noticable.

You want to make sure people know what you are doing & what you have in the works.

Attend networking groups online and offline.

Local networking groups are through out the community.  It is best to find the right one that will suit your needs.  Some people belong to several groups to give them a more variety of referrals.

Don't always take - give as well.  

When networking don't always make it about you, make sure to share your knowledge & expertise andoffer to help when you see an opportunity.     


Be a good listener!  

Listen to others talk when you are out networking.  People naturally like to talk about themselves so if you can honestly show interest in what they say, it will help to build a connection and a long term relationship.


Never be afraid to ask.  If you want something you can not  be afraid to ask 
for it.  


   You want an introduction - ask for it.
   You want a meeting - ask for it.
   Advice or feedback – don’t be shy.


Always think about long term relationships.  

Exchanging business cards is a foot in the door, but it's longterm  relationships that lead to business  deals.  Make an effort to establish a two-way street for all your professional connections, as this helps building those long term relationships.

 

Follow up with everyone you connect with.  

When you arrive home with a few business cards take time to email to let them know it was a pleasure to meet them.  This a great time to let them know they should reach out 

to you in the event that you   can help them in any way.

 

8. Smile. It's a simple – but often overlooked. By smiling, you'll put your self at ease, and you'll also come across as warm and inviting to others. So, remember to smile before you enter the room, or before you start your next conversation.

 
 

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