Networking is for entrepreneurs, business people and anyone out there wanting to connect on a business level. Just consider the fact that more than 70% of jobs are never posted online. So securing your dream job or business deal of lifetime happens through building connections through networking.
1. Find the right networking event.
Be mindful about who you’re networking with. After all, if you’re looking for a role in sales, why attend a science panel discussion? Consider what it is you’re hoping to get out of networking and then start searching for the right event or community. Go online and browse networking sites such as Meetup.com or Eventbrite (and soon Jungo) to see what upcoming events may be most aligned with your goals. If you still live in the area, your college or alumni class often hosts events where you already have a commonality with everyone in attendance.
2. Be genuinely interested
When you arrive at the meeting, ditch the idea of passing out as many business cards as possible. Quantity is great; quality is better. Seek to create real authentic connections and build relationships that go deeper than simply asking “What do you do for work?” Ask what brought them at the event? Or what they want to gain out of attending. This will give you more insight about the real motives of your connections.
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou
3. People will remember how you made them feel
We all know, no one wants to talk about work more than they already have to, so focus the conversation around common passions and hobbies to build a real relationship. Not only will this show your genuine interest in them as a person, but it will also make you more memorable to them.
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