Top Ten Tips For Networking

  1. Set Clear Goals: Before attending, determine what you hope to achieve from the event. Whether making new connections, seeking mentorship, or exploring job opportunities, having clear goals will guide your networking efforts.
  2. Research: Research the event, hosting organization, and attendees. If possible, obtain a list of attendees beforehand to research who you’d like to connect with. Understanding their background and accomplishments can facilitate more meaningful conversations.
  3. Prepare an Elevator Pitch: Craft a concise and engaging introduction that highlights your skills, accomplishments, and goals. Be ready to share this when introducing yourself to new contacts. Typically, these are 30 seconds to 2 minutes. 
  4. Confidence is Key: Approach networking with confidence and assertiveness. Stand tall, make eye contact, and speak clearly to convey professionalism and self-assurance. 
  5. Initiate Conversations: Be bold and initiate conversations with fellow attendees. Look for common interests or topics related to the event to start meaningful discussions.  
  6. Listen Actively & Be Authentic: Actively listen to the other’s insights and perspectives. Ask thoughtful questions to deepen the discussion. Be authentic and true to yourself. People are more likely to connect with you if you present yourself genuinely and authentically. 
  7. Be Memorable:  Make your mark in networking with a memorable blend of professionalism and personality; leave a lasting impression by showcasing your genuine enthusiasm and willingness to connect.
  8. Take notes:  Capture brief notes to jog your memory later.  Write their name, role, company, and what connections they are seeking.  List topics you discussed and what you learned about their work or family. Remembering those details later is very meaningful!
  9. Follow-Up & Gratitude: After the event, follow up by sending an email or LinkedIn message expressing your appreciation for their time and reiterate your interest in staying connected. Send a resource or article, or offer a connection that may be helpful to them.
  10. Generosity Yields Dividends:  Being generous can result in tangible returns or benefits.  Selfless actions and support toward others can ultimately lead to positive outcomes, whether in terms of relationships, opportunities, or broader success for both parties in the future.

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