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10 Successful Networking Tips

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Networking is about people. And, if you like to get close to people, you will find success as a social networker. Here are the best 10 successful networking tips to help you.

Leverage Social Media

The power lies in the social media apps, in the hands of networking people using Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Google+, and YouTube. You can arrange all the events and attend all the parties if you keep active on these apps. 

Take up Volunteer Positions in Organizations

Now, everyone else will do this so you must get your foot in fast. You know the people who do things - everyone knows them and consults them - get them to place you in social groups.

Hold on to Your Strict Agenda

Never get led astray. This is easy to say, but unless you are on a tight leash, the current will lead you away. You cannot attend all the social get-together and parties so be choosy.

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Meet People through People

This is the power of social networking. At a party, use old business cards of people who are connected to you. Take snaps of the important people and try to connect them afterward.

Keep Sight of What You Want Always

Make a list of your goals. This is useful for successful networking. Connect with the people that share your goal.

Don’t Take Too Much Time

This is so, so important. Nobody likes people who waste time. When people realize you are busy and doing something you value, they will begin to favor you.

Position Yourself as a Resource for Others

You need to have contacts you can use, people in the right places. Old school and graduate school friend’s network help a lot. Throw a party or two and get the important people to come.

Follow the Referrals You Get

It may give you the networking contacts you want; it may not. However, you will “meet people through people,” so follow up the lead.

Get in at the Events That Matter

You will not have time to attend every seminar in the town hall, but you must not miss the ones you want. These are the presentations given by the people that matter to you.

Clear Your Path

If there are impediments such as a lack of transport, inability to reach the venue, no contact of the media people at the meeting, clear it up at once. Arrange the meeting at another place or get substitute speakers.

Give top priority to meeting people. Moreover, make sure that when you conduct a meeting, you invite only those you want. The others can have another meeting when you need to make contact with them.

8 Networking Tips on How to Make a Great First Impression at an Event

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When you have more friends, you become powerful. The way to make a good first impression is to avoid making a bad one. Though it sounds trite, this is the best thing to do. To build your social network, start with your immediate circle of friends.

Don't Try to Be a Friend to Everyone

Be close to the friends you have; do not overreach. Building the contacts is fast and fun when a person comes recommended by a friend.

Attend Parties and Throw a Few Yourselves

Be a good guest. Appreciate everything and hate nothing. Moreover, when you have guests, make sure you get close to them and get them into your inner social circle if possible.

Research Before You Attend an Event

Though it may seem like an ordinary get-together for the people working in your department, often asking questions will tell you the real reason for a party. If it is a technical get-together, you can read the pamphlets and brush up on your fundamentals so you are able to make intelligent conversation with the people you meet.

Use a Smart Party Dress

Though you may not always be the life of a get-together, the people that matter like to be around people who have dressed well. So, even if you are only in the background of a picture, people will look at you twice.

Be Considerate of Others’ Needs

There are so many things to do and this is the same for everyone. Think about what the other person wants or wants to do and say. Pay attention to the differences they portray and mention. It will help you bond with a person fast.

Introduce Yourself Well

Use a joke or an anecdote to introduce yourself. You can say, “My aunt always likes people who smile,” or something like that. Alternatively, tell a joke your uncle told you and then introduce yourself.

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Use the Power of Touch

Talking gets you out in the open with another person. However, to create a good impression, one that they will remember well, touch them. Hold their hands or pat them on the cheeks. Touching tells them you are friendly, and they will remember that for a long time.

 

Avoid being pushy; handing out your business card to someone you just met is alright if you have common business between the two of you. Otherwise, you can wait. Only when you both feel a genuine need to meet should you pull your card out.