We’ve all done it. Gone to a networking event and gone mute. Either we find ourselves “star struck” or we’ve had to suppress feelings of inadequacy. Either way, we get in the room with all of these amazing people and our tongues get tied and Our palms get sweaty. We forget our name, what we do and lose all ability to articulate. We leave and feel as if we wasted our time.
Networking is crucial to your success in any part of your career and personal development. And although networking events can be intimidating, you don’t have to walk away feeling like you lost or missed something. When you go to a networking event, there are several ways that you can shoot your shot and walk away having accomplished your goals.
Develop Your Pitch
At any moment you should have a 30, 60, and 90-second elevator pitch ready about yourself, about who you are and about what you do. At the drop of a dime, you should be able to articulate your personal brand and what makes you stand out. Need help developing your brand and Your pitch? Grab the FREE “Brand Your Career” workbook.
Do Your Research
If you know someone is going to be at the networking event that you’d love to meet, make sure that you do your research. Find out more about them and their brand. Not to be a creepy stalker but so you have something to talk about and have an icebreaker. Familiarize yourself with them on more than just a high level. Consider jotting down insightful questions to ask. Make a real connection.
Nothing matters if you aren’t confident in what you say and do. If you know that you are the bomb then act like the bomb! If you need to remind yourself how amazing you are, spend some time looking in the mirror and telling yourself how great you are. Use the Manifest Yourself affirmation cards. Networking is about you being able to add value to someone just as much as it is about you finding someone to mentor you or help you advance your career.
Have Business Cards
I can’t tell you how many people go to networking events and forget business cards. “Find me on Twitter/Instagram” is unprofessional. If you want to make a good impression and be memorable, have business cards ready to exchange. Put something in people’s hands that in addition to the conversation will cause them to remember you and have a way to contact you. Networking is all about making connections. Give people a way to connect with you.
This is crucial. After an event, take all the business cards you collected and send a quick thank you email to make contact. Make it a point to include something from your conversation so they remember who you were. Be personable and professional. Extend an offer to have a follow-up meeting. Once you make that connection, keep it going. Shoot your shot!
Networking doesn’t have to be a bust. It can be productive and help you get to the next level in your career and personal development.
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