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.
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.