Networking and getting yourself known in the market that you’re working in, can be a great way to improve your career quickly.
If you know you need to network more but don’t really like it or, maybe don’t feel you’re very good at it, here are a few simple tips to help you get started!
- Prepare your elevator pitch – write a few sentences to introduce who you are and what you do. Practice saying this out loud so that you can quickly (and confidently!) introduce yourself to anyone you meet. Remember, always introduce yourself by making eye contact, smiling, stating your first and last name, and giving a firm but brief handshake.
- Have a goal – before you go to the event, ask yourself, “why am I going?” Come up with two outcomes you hope to get out of the event. It could be that you want to meet two new people, get to know the event organiser or get one new job lead.
- Spend time listening! – if you’re not that confident about going to these types of events, you can start by asking someone you meet a simple question and then spend time listening to them before having to speak much yourself. Here are a few ideas about questions you can ask:
- What’s it like working for your company?
- What projects are you currently working on ?
- How did you get into what you’re doing?
Also, you can ask what they’ve read recently and enjoyed. Click here to learn more about how you can develop a reading habit.
Finally, after an event, don’t forget to always follow-up with the people you’ve met and talked to. It’s quick and easy to send a short email or even an invitation via LinkedIn. To stay memorable, you need to act quickly! This can help you to build a longer-lasting relationship.
Here’s what Nicky had to say about her experience at a sales & marketing event this week:
“I just left my networking event. It was amazing! I met very interesting people and I think I can get some new job leads from it 😁.
Thank you so much. I think I was able to make the most of this event because I talked with you beforehand. Your advice was great!”
If you’re interested in getting some networking practice or want to attend a networking workshop, please get in touch.