Similar to defensive driving, savvy networkers can proceed with caution when considering and attending networking events and professional networking groups. Having a defensive mindset can be beneficial and prevent many common networking mishaps.
Listed below are essential strategies for growing your networks, building quality relationships and networking effectively.
Avoidance is Key
In order to avoid networking burnout, it is crucial to make the right actions. For example, after attending a networking event and collecting business cards, referrals or leads, remember to follow up. Do not leave your networking to chance. Also, use this as an opportunity to build your credibility, brand and professionalism. Show that you are capable of doing good business and are reliable.
Heighten Your Awareness
Do not go into a networking event clueless. Do your research and be aware of the people you want to meet and are going to meet. Be observant of your body language and word as you are having conversations and building relationships. Use forms of etiquette and respect as you reach out to your potential colleagues, customers, clients etc. Be in the habit of looking for favorable opportunities to do business or building your social spheres.
There is no point in attending an event or connecting with someone if you have no purpose. Make it a point to have a plan or agenda for your networking. Guide yourself along a networking path or journey which produces the results and goals you want to have in your business or career. Use these situations to seek out mentors, sponsors or a support system.
Hopefully, these tips and advice can propel you to better networking practices. Being defensive minded and purposeful can yield incredible results.