I will provide you with 3 tips to successful networking and what you will need when going to a network event as well as what to do afterwards. You can use this quick checklist to review before going into your event!
Read below for 3 tips for successful networking!
What you need:
Tip#1 To be successful networking… Bring business cards
They need a way to contact you for questions, comment and collaborations! If nothing else it speaks to your professionalism and how serious you take yourself or your business.
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Tip #2 To be successful networking…Bring pens and a note pad
Please note that “pens” is plural. I have been to many training, speaking events and networking events where someone did not have a pen or my “favorite” pen decided to stop working.
You want to take notes on the back of business cards or if someone does not have a card you want to have a way capture their information and what they do.
Tip #3 To be successful networking… Bring a bottle of water
All of the conversing you “should” be doing is bound to make you thirsty. Not only that, you you do not want to be the person everyone avoids because of your breath.
What you need to know to be successful networking
Tip #1 To be successful networking… Know your goals for yourself or your business
You need to be prepared for questions about where you want to see yourself or your business in short and long terms. In order to build connections with the appropriate individuals you need to know your goals and align yourself with individuals who are where you want to be.
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Tip #2 To be successful networking….Know what questions to ask
“Know what you don’t know”. While conversing throughout the event be prepared to learn new things to grow yourself or your business.
It would benefit you to have a cheat sheet of sorts prepared if you need to but it is extremely important to be prepared with questions. In this case it is what you know and WHO you know.
Tip #3 To be successful networking…Know the purpose
The purpose of networking is to connect you with like minded individuals who can provide insight, guidance and endless knowledge as to how you can be the best at what you aspire to be. Networking is yet another way to invest in yourself and your future. Do not take that for granted.
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What to do after the event to be successful
Tip #1 To be successful networking…Apply what you have learned
All of the notes you have taken (mentally and literally) put them to good use. Whether you need to improve your resume, boost traffic to your site or form a product people will buy, implement them. Prioritize your notes and begin to make things happen!
Tip #1 To be successful networking…Put those business cards to good use
Take time to touch base with individuals from the event and put in the effort to form a relationship with them. Try to schedule a lunch date and ask questions based on thinks you may have discussed before or new questions that have arose since the event.
Follow up email example:
It was a pleasure speaking with you at the Healthcare Fair on December 17, 2018. I enjoyed speaking with you about the services you provide and the path you took to get there. I remember that you mentioned currently working on a workbook to use with mental health clients and I have an invested interest in the mental health field. I would love to grab coffee or meet for lunch!