Make the Best of Your Networking

We all know we need to connect but how do we connect with the ‘right’ people? You can have a great time at a networking but is it “thought”ful networking.

Here are 5 tips to make the most of your networking experience.

Make Realistic Goals: The best way to actually follow through with your goals is to make them realistic. A realistic goal would be to meet 1 new person a week. Introduce yourself to the person next to you at a café or in ameeting . Step outside your comfort zone and reach out.

Reach Out: Re-connect with existing connections. A quick email to say hi, a postcard to let them know they’re appreciated or perhaps a coffee together.

Attend Networking Events: I don’t know about you, but I love smaller events where I have an opportunity to meet AND have a conversation with people. Attend local networking events in your area and check out groups and professional organizations that you might be interested in joining.

Business Cards: Never go out without a few business cards. Whether you’re attending a club meeting, networking event, or meeting people on the fly, being able to easily hand over a card will make a better impression and put you in a more advantageous position than trying to scrawl a note on a post-it or fumbling with your smartphone.

Follow up: Networking is just the beginning. Maintain your connection. Update them on anything that you are working on that are relevant to their field. Send physical thank-you cards or a note to thank anyone that has given you their time or any advice or opportunities.

Now Go Get Connected!

Cathy Kuzel

An award-winning Leader, Entrepreneur and Business Development Strategist, Cathy Kuzel teaches entrepreneurs how to let go of limiting beliefs and “Stand Up & Stand Out” to have the business success they dream of. Cathy is recognized across Canada for her expertise on “All Things Small Biz”. Named one of the Top Ten Mentors in Canada, Women of Worth Leader of the Year, the Founder of The Connected Woman Association, Author of “Are You a Collector or a Connector?”; “I’m on the Phone!”; and the internationally known “Daily Espressos – Caffeine for the MInd”.

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