10 Powerful Tips to Get the Most Out of Networking

10 Powerful Tips to Get the Most Out of Networking

Networking is one of the biggest buzzwords in the business world today and with good reason.

Not only will this activity improve your business relationships and ultimately increase your bottom line, but networking can lead to new friendships, expanded business deals and a never-ending excitement for both your personal and professional lives.

I like to say that I practice “lifestyle networking.” That just means that my entire life is a constant exchange or networking process.

Whether I’m on a plane, standing in line at the grocery store or dining in a restaurant, I’m open and eager to communicate with individuals around me.

Introducing myself, then sharing a brief word or idea, usually causes a similar reaction.

It’s simply amazing the wonderful things I’ve experienced, the people I’ve met and the results I’ve seen from lifestyle networking.

The benefits are endless and the rewards great.

In short, networking is about developing relationships. It takes time, energy and patience to see the long-term benefits of networking.

Too many professionals expect immediate results from contacts, something I’ve found is unrealistic in most situations.

Networking is an investment that will mature and grow with time.

Networking keeps you fresh and up-to-date with other professionals. It can provide you with a multitude of new experiences and lots of knowledge and wisdom from others.

{10 Secrets to Help You Getting Most Out of Networking}

 On the average, you’ll make face-to-face contact with between 15 and 25 people per day. This fact alone should motivate you to start networking. Here are 10 tips on how to get most out of it!

  1. Effective Networking Involves a Variety of People Skills

Asserting yourself, asking good questions, listening carefully, presenting yourself attractively, being viewed as knowledgeable or skillful in a particular area and showing interest by empowering others are just a few ingredients needed to see positive results from your efforts.

A Carnegie study showed that 85% of a person’s career success depends upon his or her ability to effectively relate to and interact with other people.

Amazingly, only 15% of job success is linked to technical ability.

There’s no doubt that, in order to be successful, you must be oriented toward people.

  1. Never Make Promises You Can’t Keep

Honesty is always the best policy.

It’s easy to get carried away in a conversation and say things that inflate the truth somewhat.

Guard against this deadly mistake by staying focused on the purpose of networking, a brief introductory meeting.

Networking should not become a bragging session or ego trip for either party, but rather should be an informative, two-way communication process.

  1. Be Enthusiastic When Describing What You Do for a Living

 Use motivational adjectives, smile and keep it simple when explaining your occupation to another professional.

Positive body language (nodding, smiling and giving verbal cues) is critical, because it speaks louder than words.

  1. Visibility is Essential to Networking

 People need to know who you are.

Get involved by becoming active in a civic organization, at a public event or with a cause you strongly believe in.

Find ways to keep yourself in the media spotlight on a regular basis via newspaper articles, photos, radio and television appearances.

  1. Always Try to Remember Names as You Network

 Listen carefully when others are being introduced to you so you can use their names in your next sentence.

Try hard to memorize each name so you can recall it when you see that individual again.

  1. Networking is Fun and Easy and can be Done All Over the world

It has been said there’s a chain of no more than six people that links every person on the planet to every other person.

And it doesn’t cost a penny to do, it just takes energy and time!

It also allows you to help others along the way. Nothing is more exciting and fulfilling than to give of yourself to others.

  1. Networking Helps You to Build Your Client Base by Gathering Leads and Business Cards

 This process can provide tremendous financial rewards through increased business.

Always remember that people do business with people, not companies.

Ignite new friendships in casual networking environments and new business relationships may evolve naturally.

  1. You Must Take Action to Network

 Put yourself in front of people by attending networking functions offered in your community, such as those sponsored by the chamber of commerce and convention & visitors bureau, or by joining a networking group such as Business Network International.

Challenge yourself to make at least three to five new contacts at each event. Get out of your comfort zone and risk yourself.

Too often, we think the networkers we most admire were just born that way.

It’s a myth.

The best networkers try the hardest and realize that networking is a conscious, ongoing process that requires a lot of effort.

In general, the people who do the best job at networking are self-confident and have little, if any, difficulty communicating with all types of people.

Always end the networking conversation on a positive note.

  1. Be Careful Not to Give Too

 Much information in the first informal meeting. Save some things for later when you follow up.

Try to spend no more than 10 minutes with any particular individual at a networking function so you can meet a variety of people.

And, finally, offer to exchange business cards at the close of the conversation and make it a priority to follow up within five business days.

  1. Practice, Practice, Practice

 The more you practice the skills of networking, the easier and more productive it gets.

After a few months, networking will become a natural part of your lifestyle.

And I’ll bet you’ll be astounded by the results you’ll reap, both professionally and personally.

Zohaib Akhlaq
He is the founder of HowEntrepreneur.com where he teach entrepreneurs and startup owners something new daily.
Zohaib Akhlaq

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