5 WAYS TO NETWORK LIKE A PRO
Whether it is your first networking event or you are a networking pro, meeting new people and sharing what you do can be a bit intimidating. As a business professional, you should push yourself outside of your comfort zone and learn to grow in your role, in your life, + in your career. Below are some simple tricks to set yourself up for success at your next networking opportunity.
DRESS FOR SUCCESS
Wear something you are comfortable in. Of course, dress for the occasion but this is not the time to break in new shoes. You don’t want to be fidgeting with an ill-fitting jacket. This is a time to feel confident and look professional. Thank us later for this one.
HAVE BUSINESS CARDS READY
Keep your business cards easily accessible and actually give them out! The last thing you want to do is fumble through your bag searching for a stray business card. Or if you’re anything like us, completely forget that you (designed, obsessed over, paid for +) brought them and exchange instagram handles with everyone all night. Bonus tip: leave your phone in your bag or pocket for a meaningful interaction with everyone you meet.
GIVE BEFORE YOU GET
Ask others about their role and their company. Then ask them who they want to be connected to and how you can help them expand their professional network. Everyone knows someone AND something that you don’t and vice versa. Show that you are a valuable connection by listening. As you help others, they will think of you and who or what you are looking for too.
Successful networking doesn’t end after a brief chat and a handshake. Send a follow up email, set up a coffee meeting and make the connections you promised. This is just the beginning of a meaningful business relationship. Our organization is the perfect example of how networking can change your life.
Remember, everyone is there to make connections, just like you are.