Good networking takes skill, and the more experience you have, the better you’ll be, not only at creating a network, but at the actual art of networking. These tips will stand you in good stead when you’re networking, be it at an event or even just in casual meetings. They are all intended to help you make the most of your time and contacts when networking, and to make the most of yourself.
1. Needs and wants analysis
Thinking about what you want and need from any contact is a good starting point when networking. It will help you focus on making contact with the most relevant people.
2. Emotional Bank
Networking is a 2 way thing. It may not always be about seeking out an opportunity for yourself but how you can help somebody else.
3. Telephone V Email
There are many different methods of networking and it is important to select the most effective method for each contact. Is it just an e mail to catch up or do you need to call for a more detailed conversation?
4. Widen your network
Using social and professional networking tools such as Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter can really help you to cast your net and open up your network. Use it as a way to catch up with previous colleagues and see how quickly you can get connected to their contacts. Click the links to network with us!
5. Organise your contacts
Grouping contacts and even introducing them is a very effective and quick way of building up your own network. Linking people in your contacts with similar industries / interests, is a key part of networking.
6. Reach beyond the obvious
Rather than staying in the comfort zone of people you know, network at every opportunity. It can be on a train, in a coffee shop or at a meeting. Often the best networking opportunities come when you least expect them.
7. Keep in contact
Whatever method you choose whether it be phone, e mail, or a networking site keep in touch. Be proactive and take the time to make contact. Sometimes it can be just a quick mail to ask how things are going!
Networking is a powerful tool so go on and take the plunge today. You never know where it may take you!
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