If done properly networking can be a very rewarding method of relationship building within a company, as well as helping create a source of new business.
The key to successful networking is making sure you do it all the time. Approach every single social situation with the positive thought of ‘who will I meet here’?
Here are five tips to become a delightful person to mingle with as well.
- Get to know your host on the Internet
Only enter a room once you know the background of your host and any guests you want to meet. This takes just a few moments on the Internet but gives you the leading edge (plus something to talk about).
- Know the hot topics in the industry of your host
You are never going to look boorish when you ask knowledgeable questions about your hosts business.
- Want to be interesting and knowledgeable?
Read the paper every day. Even if only for a few minutes and you only read the lead paragraphs.
- Help them remember your name
Studies show people often forget the first 15 seconds of a conversation so they have already forgotten who you are. At a natural pause in the conversation casually drop in “You may not have caught my name earlier. It …”
- The follow-up note
Maybe the single most important thing you can do in networking is sending a quick note the next day. This stands out as few people bother to do it. It shows that you took the time to write a personal note and that you not only remember the conversation but really valued it. It also serves to remind the person of who you are and what you do.
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