15 Oct Top Tips for Successful Networking
We’ve gathered the best of the best tips on how to network. We talked to professional recruiters and networking pros to bring you this top 10 list for successful networking.
Top 5 Tips for Successful Networking
1. Be authentic
In a networking situation it can be easy to slip into “self-promotion mode.” This is where you are worried about saying the right things about yourself that you forget to listen to others. It’s more beneficial to spend time listening and engaging with the people you’re meeting instead of just talking at them. People are more likely to let their guard down when and open up when they realize you are genuinely interested in what they’re talking about.
2. Wear something that makes you feel GREAT
This may seem silly, you’re more confident when you’re wearing something you really feel confident in. Keep in mind that networking events mean a lot of standing and walking, so make sure your outfit makes you feel great and is comfortable.
3. Have an Elevator Pitch ready
“So what do you do?” You’re going to hear that question a lot at a networking event. This can be an intimidating question if you are not prepared for it. Take the time to create a short, compelling introduction that you can share about yourself in the amount of time it takes someone to ride the elevator. This is a skill that will be something you can use throughout your career.
4. Ask open-ended questions
This is the easiest way to start a conversation. Ask things like, “how’d you get started?” Being able get people talking is a great way to be a successful networker. People will remember that you were the kind face in the crowd that asked them a question and it will do you well in the future.
5. Follow Up within 48 hours
After the event, take all business cards you’ve collected and make sure to take the time to follow up. Take the time to remind them of your conversation, share any relevant information that they would find useful, this will show them that you’re still interested in them. If you weren’t able to secure a business card, no worries, it’s easy to find a business’ website and social media where you can find the information to get in contact. Liking and reviewing their social channels is a great way to learn a little more about their company culture and gives you an easy way to start a conversation.
What do you think of our list? What are your go-to networking hacks?