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Ten Tips for Networking

Ten Tips for Networking

  1. Give – Be generous with your advice and time – do not go to an event just to take and move on When you leave the event you want to leave people with a positive image of you.
  2. Keep your contacts data base up to date with notes on when and where you met
  3. Be patient, networking tales time, treat it as an investment that may not pay dividends for months.
  4. Attend events that are relevant to you and your career – do not become a networking addict. Your time is precious, use it wisely.
  5. Remember that the people you meet have a network all of their own and never under estimate who they might know.
  6. A referral is like a bottle of milk – do nothing with it for 3 days of more and it will go off!
  7. Treat networking as a low risk conversation, be passionate about what you do but do not be over bearing – Have some prepared conversation topics in mind before your attend the event.
  8. Do not blanket e-mail people – it just creates a bad impression and generally annoys those to whom you have sent the e mail to.
  9. Set yourself simple but achievable targets when you attend events e.g… I would like to have the opportunity of having a second meet up with two persons – remember it is quality not quantity of the leads you make.
  10. Try your best to remember names by what-ever method suits you best – there is nothing better than greeting someone by their name.