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How To Get The Most Out Of A Networking Event

Apr 9, 2008
Networking events take place all over the country. From small towns to big cities, networking is a part of any business model on the planet. Perhaps the biggest part of networking is convincing yourself to be social and not just a wallflower. The next time you attend a networking function consider the following tips to help you become more successful and bring in more business

What to do before a networking event.

Before you attend the event write down what your strengths, attributes and special skills are. This way you will know exactly why someone should be interested in what you have to offer. Keep these strengths in your head in order to boost your confidence and remind yourself of why people should be talking with you and listening to what you have to say.

Another great idea is to picture the room in your mind and picture yourself shaking hands and talking with people. By visualizing everything you will be doing it can really help even they most shy individual. Visualization is a powerful tool used by many successful people whether it is in business, sports or entertainment.

What to do when you arrive at a networking event.

When you finally show up make sure you have a confident posture, a controlled walk, a smile on your face and a firm handshake to those you meet. And never forget to make lots of eye contact. Then be sure to use the immediate environment to start a conversation such as the venue or the host. This will help you to find a common bond and to keep the conversation going. Always start with small talk before you get down to business.

What to do during a networking session.

When you need to get down to business have some questions prepared to ask people in order to find out what their needs are and if your services will help people. You don't have to be pushy, rather soft sell yourself and build interest. This will make people more receptive to be helped by you.

Talking is only half of the event. When it comes your turn remember to repeat the individuals name back to them, actively listen to what they have to say and keep a mental database of as many details you can about the person to whom you are talking. If possible always get a business card and don't be afraid to ask for it. The best time to ask is usually after they have talked about what they do and then you can offer yours in return.

What to do after a networking event.

Then when you return home be sure to write out information on the back of the card or a sheet of paper that can be stapled to the card. This way you can maintain and build and rapport for a future meeting, email or phone call.

Everyone likes a person who remembers them. Within twenty-four hours be sure to email everyone you met and say you enjoyed meeting them. It's also good to mention a detail you remember and suggest that they keep in touch with you.

By incorporating these simple tips and strategies into your next networking event not only will you enjoy yourself more but also bring in more customers to your business.
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