I’ve heard people say they are too tired or too busy to attend networking events. Let’s face it we all face these challenges at one time or another but when you have something to look forward to you make that extra effort.
Networking is one of the best ways to build your business. In order to be effective at networking however you need view the events you attend as business builders. Start creating a list of businesses you feel you could use as a referral base for you clients.
When you start referring people to another business they appreciate it and are more willing to look for ways to “return the favor”.
I’m going to share with you 7 tips for effective networking that should help you feel motivated.
1. Establish the mindset of a networker.
2. Be knowledgeable about the event you are attending.
3. Prepare your introduction and elevator speech beforehand. Knowing what you are going to say will help you look and sound more confident.
4. Don’t forget your business cards and make sure they are memorable.
5. Set a goal for yourself for the event. For instance pick a number of contacts you plan making that evening.
6. Try to find out in advance who will be attending and identify who you want to meet. People appreciate it when you take the time to know who they are. Last year I attended a Twitter Meet Up. Before going I made sure I knew who the people were. When I got there I was able to seek them out and tell them something interesting I found out about them.
People were very impressed that I took the time to get to know them in advance.
7. Wear professional attire to make a good first impression.
This topic has been on my mind quite a bit lately. I’ve been in business almost 30 years and in that time I’ve attended hundreds of networking events. Since my goal is to empower other women ( that’s why I wrote my book: Sexy, Savvy And Successful a Woman’s Guide On How To Start A Business, Gain Financial Freedom and Buy More Shoes!) I’m going to empower women to be seen and heard by learning The Art Of Networking.
Networking isn’t about coming home with a stack of business cards. It’s so much more than that.
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