4 Professional Networking Tips
Is it me or can it be intimidating to network with other…..humans? I think we all know we need to network to expand our influence, but it can be hard to know exactly how to create that network. Through trial and error over time, I have found four professional networking tips that I think may help!
You ready? Here are 4 professional networking tips that will grow your circle of influence:
1. Email 2 mentors a week to offer ideas or gratitude.
Look, when it comes to reaching out to people, the individual on the other side probably expects you need something. Have you ever drafted a facebook message to someone whom you haven’t spoken to for a while? I bet if you did, you asked for something. That is exactly why you should be different and simply offer something of value or just offer gratitude.
I put a reminder on my phone to help keep me on track to reach out to people through social media. If you have lost touch with the person, simply go through their profile for a minute and then message them. Wait to you see how excited they will be when you end up not needing a thing!
To turn it up a notch, think of how that person has influenced you and your life and just thank them for something specific they have contributed to you. This alone will pay long-term dividends.
Take a few minutes and message those you care about
2. Attend your industry events and prepare meaningful topics.
Its no secret that you should be attending events in your profession, but one thing I see people forget, is that they need to be prepared to break the ice and provide meaningful content to what may be a short conversation.
How will you be memorable if you are only given 2 minutes?
This is why an “elevator speech” is so important as you grow your network. To assist, I found this article on creating your elevator speech here.
Life is all about asking the right questions and that is why you need to have a few prepared when you are meeting someone established and need to create a rapport. Personally, I use Trello App to create my list of questions. Here are a few you can use to serve as a rapport catalyst:
What problem do you wish someone would solve for you?
What would you do if you had an extra six hours a day?
If you could broadcast a short message to everyone on the planet, what would that message be?
What is something you have dreamed of doing and haven’t?
Want more questions? Check out my article on questions to ask to build a rapport here.
3. Carry a business card with a QR code linked to an account where they can learn more.
No quick list on professional networking tips would be complete without a touch of technology!
Do you have a business card? You should. It isn’t just about the traditional information on the card, it’s about the fact that it legitimizes you and what you stand for. It is also a way to expand their knowledge of what you offer.
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