Stop fearing networking and start embracing it! Consider these tips for mastering the art of networking and change the way you meet new people.
You don’t need to be anyone but yourself to impress others. And, if you feel like you do, consider who and why you’re trying to impress them. Chances are, they are not the people you want to surround yourself with. Authenticity is a rare commodity in today’s day and age.
Networking can feel cold. Forget about what you’re trying to sell or what others may be trying to get from you and focus on the human aspect of networking. Remember, people do business with those they know, like and trust — focus on building a relationship, first.
Listening is the most important skill for expert networkers. Listening to the small details the other person shares with you will give basis for conversation, mutual interests and showing your genuine interest in what they have to say. If you need, jot down some notes after meeting with a new person.
Connecting people in your network is an exceptional way to offer free value. Writing a short introduction email or introducing two people at an event that could mutually benefit from one another will pay off in the long run and make their days!
Focus on quality of connections rather than quantity. Don’t say yes to something you can’t feasibly commit to or don’t have the time for. It’s always better to have a handful of meaningful connections than a database of surface-level connections.
Learn how to build your network and much more when you Spend the Day with our team.