Networking Know How…by Christina Blandi-James

Ok, so you have gone to a networking meeting or two,  you’ve made your appearance, now what? If you have a business card folder filled to the brink of capacity, have  followed up on some of them, but to no avail, keep collecting them like it’s a hobby. I know exactly what you’re thinking…”How am I going to stand out in the crowd, remember everyone I met and of course be remembered, and get in contact with them in a timely and effective time management way?”
What is a business person to do?  Well, here are some tips to make yourself stand out in the crowd and be remembered and get that appointment or connection:

  1. First of all, be on time to any networking event or business meeting!  Precise promptness is essential.
  2. Meet and Greet.  Don’t be shy, put yourself out there..that’s what we’re there for!
  3. Introduce yourself, shake their hands, look them in the eyes and most definitely, be genuinely interested in them.  First impressions are everything!
  4. Let them know what you do for a living.  Be quick and detailed as possible.  Don’t give a long drawn out dissertation… you will lose their interest if it is!
  5. Give some examples of what you have done or who you have worked with in the past or present.
  6. Be funny…  Laughter is a common ice breaker and it makes a good impression. Smiles light up the world!
  7. Ask their advice on something.  You might have a problem that they can help solve.  Everyone wants to help others in some way and it is a good way to be viewed as an expert in your field.
  8. Always, repeat their name in the conversation at some point. And at the end..Thank them for meeting them and promise to connect with them soon.
  9. Follow through with that promise.  You will leave a lasting impression if you do.  Then call them.
  10. Lastly, You never know who you are going to meet and who that person may refer you onto someone else.  So make a great  impression and give them a unique business card or poken them! (The new, or for me it’s new…a social networking gadget that makes it easy to not loose a new contacts information, just upload it to your computer)  I just bought one…Do you Poken?

So there you have it.  10 simple and effective networking tips about how to make the most of your time when you first meet someone and be remembered. It’s  easy… just be genuine and be yourself!

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