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!