Networking is important to business owners. It’s not always easy though. That’s why it’s crucial you learn as much as possible to make your networking approach effective. The following are some of the best tips from experts in business networking.
Be Short, Sweet, and Inquisitive
When you meet someone, have an elevator speech ready in which you tell that person what you’d like to do and what you can do. Before you leave that person, Katharine Hansen who is the author of “A Foot in the door: Networking Your Way Into the Hidden Market” says to ask two questions:
- What advice do you have for me?
- Who should I talk to?
Identify Your Target
Jeff Hoffman, author of Network the Hell Out of People: 6 Expert Tips, advises that people make a list of people they want to meet. Research these people, so you know who they are before meeting them. When you know who they are and what they can do, you’ll know how they can help you with your business.
Find Out What You Can Do
Before asking people to help you, find out what you can do for them. When people see that you’re so willing to help them, they will want to return the favor. David DiCosola, COO at Georama.com says that you can do something as simple as recommending an article that can help someone do something. A simple gesture goes a long way.
Don’t Discriminate with Networking
According to HCareers, it’s important to cast your networking net as far as possible. While you might want to start connecting with the most prominent people as possible in your industry, don’t forget to connect with others who aren’t as visible. They can help you just as much. Many of these people have more time, so they can help you more than others.
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You have what you need now to make the most of your next networking event. Don’t become overwhelmed trying to implement all these tips at once. Choose the ones you like the best, try them out, and then try some others next time. Changing your networking approach is a process, so start now, and find what works for you.
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