Below are my top 5 networking tips for you to consider when you’re next out at an event/conference.
1. Enlist the aid of others to introduce you
If you’re going to a networking event where you know one or two people there, ask if they would mind introducing you to some people at the event.
2. Offer a compliment (but be sincere)
If you struggle with an opening line when meeting new people, a tried and tested method is to offer a compliment. You may choose to go up to someone and compliment them about something they are wearing or something they have done (if you know a bit about them). The biggest key to making this work is to make sure your compliment is sincere. If it’s not, people will not dismiss you and deservedly so.
3. Focus on the person in front of you
It’s important to give 100% of your attention to whoever is in front of you, even if they may not be a potential contact or business lead. Rather than acting bored, excuse yourself and move on.
4. Make sure you are enthusiastic in your responses when asked about your business.
When you meet a person at a networking event, the one question they are bound to ask is “what do you do?” How you answer this is very important – it’s not just the words, but your body language and the emotion in your voice (non verbal communication accounts for up to 90% of meaning we take from any encounter). So, it is important to have a positive, energetic and memorable response to the question “so what do you do?”
5. Always follow up
Many people are great at networking but lousy at following up. So why bother to network in the first place? Great networkers will follow up the next day. If you say you will do something, do it. This will impress people and show that you are not only professional but also keen.
For more business tips or business coaching assistance, speak to TA Fastrack today on 07 3040 3588.