When you have the mindset of a Networker you realize networking doesn’t happen only at events.
Whether you are seeking a new position or have your own business look at everyone you meet as an opportunity to grow your community.
Here’s one way you may not have thought of using to network.
Let’s say you’ve been to a business luncheon and you have your nametag on. On the way back to the office you need to stop and pick up some office supplies. Do you take your nametag off?
If you have the mindset of a networker you will keep your nametag on because you never know whom you will meet. Having my nametag on has started many conversations.
People are curious as to why I have it on and what the event was that I attended.
Nametags are not the only way to “continue” networking.
One morning I went out to breakfast with my hooded sweatshirt. The name of my business was printed on the back.
As we stood in line to pay the bill a woman started talking to me about wanting to have her family portrait done but kept putting it off. Once she saw my name on my sweatshirt she knew she had to meet me. If I had not had my sweatshirt on I would have missed out on the perfect opportunity to add a new client.
Another experience I had several years ago was at an arts and crafts store. I was in the aisle looking for a prop for a wedding. A bride saw my shirt and we struck up a conversation. Although she already had her wedding photographer and videographer I was able to give her my business card.
I think the first reaction many people have is to take that nametag or badge off. Why not try keeping it on and see what happens?
Take it a step further if you have appointments with clients why not wear your nametag?
When you meet with a client and you wear the nametag it makes you memorable.
For example, if you had a meeting and went up to the receptionist she could see your name and remember it easier than the next person. Let’s take it a step further.
You have your meeting and make a presentation. There will be others coming after you to do the same.
If you have your nametag on as you are giving your presentation those attending the meeting can look at your name and remember it easier than those who aren’t as prepared as you are.
How often have you attended a seminar where you had to travel? Why not try keeping you nametag on while you are in flight? It could be a great conversation starter.
Think a nametag doesn’t work? The next time you are at an event notice how people look at your nametag and then use your name. When they read and then say your name, it makes more of an impression on their mind. The next time they see you they are more likely to call you by your name.
Have you had any experiences with wearing your name tag?
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