When you learn how to network more effectively, you will gain a new appreciation for networking and realize it can enhance your personal and professional life. Use the following five networking tips to ensure your networking experience and success.
1. Set Goals
Before you attend a networking event, set goals. Ask yourself the following questions: Who do I want to meet? How many people do I want to meet? Why do I want to meet these people? Where will I meet these people?
2. Always Carry Business Cards with You at All Times
You never know who you may run into who can benefit from your business. Be sure to put your business cars where they are easily accessible, such as your wallet or purse.
3. Take Good Notes
When you meet people and collect their business cards, make sure to take notes on the back of their business cards.
This information help you build your relationships with people. You should transfer this information to a database, so that you can continue to add future notes and readily access this information for future use.
4. Offer to Help Others
When you talk to people, pay special attention to their personal and business needs, and you will know how you can help them. Also, offer to help others.
You can help others by sharing are to share resources, making introductions, and providing consulting services. By extending yourself to others, you will build a reputation as a doer rather than a taker.
5. Follow Up
After you meet people, it’s crucial to follow up with people that you meet through networking within 2 – 3 days after your initial meeting. If you don’t follow up, you won’t be able to build relationships and your network.
If you don’t follow through, you won’t be taken seriously and your networking efforts will not be very effective. You’ll also create a bad reputation.
6. Build Relationships
Continue to build your relationship with people after you meet them at networking events. If you don’t foster relationships, your networking will be ineffective. won’t be very valuable and attentive to your needs.
A great way to be in constant communication with people is to create an e-mail newsletter. Tailor the newsletter to a general interest so everyone can benefit from it. You can include business articles and events.
In addition, when you come across articles or other resources that could benefit individual people, send these items to them. Your contacts will appreciate your thoughtfulness and they will remember you.
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Karmen A. Booker is an Attorney, Business Consultant and Chief Consultant for Compu-Perfect Professional Services, a business consulting firm specializing in business incorporation, establishing limited liability companies, contract drafting & reviewing, and more. CALL ATTORNEY BOOKER at (301) 408-1082. View her website at www.compuperfect.net
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