28 Oct Networking World
‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’. This term is well-known for a reason. Throughout your career, having strong professional connections can be quite beneficial. Making useful connections is easy when you attend networking events. Here are some of our favourite pointers for creating those connections.
Instead of openly revealing your complete business experience, show interest in the other person’s work and get to know them. A personal relationship can be quite beneficial; you never know when an opportunity may present itself.
For people to approach you and engage in conversation, you need to smile. A cheerful vibe is usually beneficial and will help them remember you, which is what you want to do with these individuals.
Nobody likes people that only talk about themselves. Plus, you don’t want to be that person that kills an already active conversation by chiming in with something new and completely irrelevant. Listen to the conversation and add to it to show that you were listening.
Don’t sell yourself
You want to form genuine connections with people; this way you will be more likely to gain new opportunities. Connections can’t be made from a person trying to sell themselves, so share instead of sell.
It will be helpful for you to do research beforehand and see which connections are appropriate for you to make. If you’re prone to feeling anxious, prepare some introductory questions in advance.
Don’t go in and only talk about yourself, ask questions to get to know other people. Additionally, don’t have an attitude that you only want to help yourself. Think about how you can help other individuals businesses out as well.
Bringing a friend
It can be useful to come with a friend as long as you don’t spend your entire time only talking to them. Bringing a friend means that you can bounce off one another to instigate discussions with others, this will also help you feel more at ease in when meeting new people.
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