Networking - How To Successfully Network Yourself & Get Results

"It's all who you know."

This is one of the most overused statements out there, yet for good reason! It's so damn true.

Networking is a critical tool to build beneficial business and social relationships. Because it is so important you should use every available occasion to network.

Below are great ways and strategies to network yourself.

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  • Solve a problem.

    I personally like this one because it works (hence the name of my website).

    Be a problem solver! When you approach a person tell them how you can be of help to them now or in the future. Cut to the chase and get to it.

    • Assert yourself.

      Be assertive. This means go up to people and introduce yourself; don’t wait for them to approach you. Try not to spend too much time talking to people you already know. While this might be more comfortable it is not an effective way to make new connections.

      • Behave yourself.

        While at any event, you should behave professionally. This includes limiting your alcohol intake and dressing appropriately. Don't be argumentative. Simply enjoy yourself and draw people to you.

        • Pay close attention. Watch for cues.

          One basic rule that is perhaps the most important rule of networking... that is to pay attention to the cues you are getting from the other person.

          If you have just met a new contact outside of traditional networking venues, try and gauge how interested they are in talking business right then and there. Someone you meet on the plane, in a bar, or at a party may end up being your most valuable contact at some point in the future, but if you infringe on their downtime, you may never get past go.

          If someone is responsive to your business talk, that’s great, but don’t push it. If the time isn’t right, simply say you enjoyed meeting them and that you would like to swap business cards with a view to chatting about mutual opportunities at a more appropriate time. People will appreciate your consideration, and by respecting boundaries, you will have already scored some points with your new contacts.

          • Resist over promising.

            Do not over promise! Don’t play up your ability to accomplish things that you can’t or make deals you don’t have the authority to make. If you get a reputation for being all talk and no action, your networking opportunities may soon evaporate into thin air.

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