23 Jan Tips For Networking Your Way Into Bigger Events and Future Opportunities
We all know the saying ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’. Networking has become an essential way to develop important connections and socialise your way to bigger business opportunities. It’s a fun way to meet new and bigger clients that can open doors to new opportunities in your current job, or even later on down the track.
Networking Tip 1 – Be yourself… and be confident about it
We all envy that one extrovert who can work the room with their charm… the one opening up funny and interesting conversations with anybody in the crowd. But how do we normal people win over the crowd? Relax with a sigh of relief, knowing that being extroverted won’t actually create more networks for you. Be yourself and be confident in your ability and your position in the room. Be polite, smile, and present yourself and your business well. Confidence and authenticity speaks volumes to people, and that’s what they’ll look for when considering future business prospects.
Tip 2 – Keep your options open
You might have one specific intention when you network, however the most successful networkers are the people that talk to everyone and keep their options open for potential future prospects. The people you connect with now might not fit your currents projects but that doesn’t mean you should dismiss them, they might make for a successful partnership in the distant future!
Tip 3 – Keep in touch
Follow up within the next couple of days and get in touch with the people that you networked with. This will show people that you weren’t just making conversation and that you’re serious. The people that you keep in touch with will remember this and it will leave a very positive impression.
Tip 4 – Do your research
It can’t hurt to research key and important attendees that you know you will run into. If you really want to impress people, be prepared with interesting conversation topics that you know are relevant and you know will lead to opportunistic conversation.