Networking Tips – 14 Ways to Get Your Networking Mojo
Networking isn’t about who you know. It’s about who knows you.
This short podcast will help you have networking mojo.
Even if you’re the shy introvert this easy-to-listen-to podcast gives you powerful tips you can implement immediately.
Even if you hate networking!
In this podcast I cover 12 “at” networking event tips + 2 tips to use “after” the event
Networking Tip #1 – how to be prepared and to plan ahead
There are lots of Networking Tip resources available on the Internet that tell you to have a clearly defined objective when you attend a networking event.
For example, you must meet x-many people. Hand out y-many of your own business cards. Collect z-many business cards from other people… etc, etc, etc.
I don’t attend networking events with such a “cold” approach. Where you see everyone as just a number.
I used to but was disappointed with the results. [What a surprise!]
Today, I go to networking events with the sole purpose of seeing how I can help the people I meet.
You’ll find this goes against the grain of what networking ‘experts’ will tell you to do.
However, I’m not going to change my approach. I prefer to meet people as people. Rather than a business card collect and/or distribute.
My approach works for me and I’m pretty certain it will work for you too.
The connections I make networking the way I do are ‘good quality’ connections.
Networking Tip #2 – Your Elevator Pitch
An Elevator Pitch is your answer to the always asked “what do you do?”. This question is the standard question at networking events.
Networking Tip #3 – Business Cards – yours and theirs
How often do you go to a networking event, ask for someone’s card and they’ve run out…?
Networking Tip #4 – What to wear
In this podcast I explain why I wear what I do at networking events. I have a “system” and it means I’m never fumbling.
Networking Tip #5 – Eating & drinking at networking events
You can bet your bottom dollar as soon as you take a bite of something someone will ask you a question. I explain how to handle situations like that.
Networking Tip #5 – What to say and when to say it
Introducing yourself to people you don’t know can be terrifying. I cover how to handle that terror so you’re in control.
Networking Tip #6 – What to look for and why
Body language: what you’re looking for to help you overcome your nerves.
Networking Tip #7 – When to make the first move
You want to feel powerful (as opposed to terrified). I cover how making the first move can be easy. When you know how.
Networking Tip #8 – The best time to arrive and why
I cover the perfect time to arrive so that you feel in control and powerful.
Networking Tip #9 – The “Floors’em” question & why it’s soooo powerful
This question is amazingly powerful. You’ll be able to play with the words so you feel comfortable asking it too.
Networking Tip #10 – How to keep in touch after the event
So often it’s hard to know how to make the essential follow-up call. The last thing you want to appear is “salesy”. Here’s how.
Networking Tip #11 – Going to an event with someone
Turning up solo can be terrifying. Going with a friend can help take the edge off your fear. I cover how to attend networking event with friends.
Networking Tip #12 – What to do immediately after the event
This is critical and can make all the difference to turning your event’s contacts into connections.
Networking Tip #13 – How to turn “contacts” into “connections” after the event
Keeping in touch with your connections is critical. Here’s how.