The ability to be connected 100% of the day is ruining our networking efforts to make an authentic connection. While digital communication is great for establishing a new business connection, a human to human meeting is vital for an authentic connection to take place.
What networking efforts are you making? Are you closing deals and making the money you want? Are you getting the clientele you are spending your marketing money to attract? Are you looking for the perfect business partner or person to enter into collaboration with to take your business to the next level?
The Importance of Nonverbal Communication
The fact is if social media and other means of digital communication are your sole means of “talking” to your connections, then you are missing out on the clues personal interactions reveal. You NEED to pick up the nonverbal clues in your network. Make the conversation real.
How many times have you noticed a person’s facial expressions, tone of voice, posture changes, body movements, attitude, pauses in discussion, and hand gestures? All of the time, right? We are meant to interact with each other face-to-face.
All day long, you go through life seeing and talking to people everywhere. However, the people you are trying your hardest to connect with is the market you are only communicating with through written word.
What to Do to Improve Your Networking Efforts
Attend a networking conference, talk to people everywhere you meet for that possible connection, join professional groups online and sign up to attend their functions and events.
After you initialize a conversation, arrange for a meeting in person. Go to breakfast, get tickets for the game, simply meet at the local coffee shop. It doesn’t need to be fancy, but if you want your networking efforts online to work for you as a tool, then move it offline to get real.
HuddleDo is the perfect place for you to set up an offline meeting. When you create a Huddle, you choose the location and then meet people who are interested in networking with you. It’s the best way to take your online networking efforts offline. Start a Huddle today with many Huddlers in your area. We believe that once you do it, you’ll be hooked.
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