Networking Tips

Below are a few tips for successful networking:

Have your ‘elevator speech’ ready. This is a brief explanation (30-60 seconds) of who you are and what your business is about. It’s crucial for face-to-face networking.

Always carry business cards. Nothing says “amateur” like a home-printed business card. Have yours professionally made through a print shop and bring plenty to the event.

Have a two-way conversation. Successful networking works best when it’s a two-way street, so don’t just talk about yourself.

Make sure you ask people about their business, what they’re looking for, and how you might help them.

Take notes and make connections. To help build stronger connections, jot down a few notes on the back of someone’s business card as a reminder of how you met them and what you talked about.

Follow up. After an event, send a quick email to remind someone how you met, what you’re looking for, and if you heard of any business opportunities that would benefit them.

Instead of an email, you could also send a connection request through LinkedIn. This should be done as soon as possible after the event, within 24 hours.

 

Keep at it. Successful business relationships take time to establish. The more business people you meet and connect with, and the more business networking organizations you try, the better your networking skills will become.

In time, you’ll be networking like a pro and forming your own business community by utilizing some of the skills you’ve developed along the way

 

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