7 Tips for Networking

Networking goes hand in hand with running a successful business.

But many of us dread walking into a room and introducing ourselves to a bunch of strangers.

I’ve been asked to share my best networking tips at a meeting today of the National Association of Women Business Owners in Philadelphia. Here are the most valuable tips I’ve come across – and put to work myself – over the years:

  1. Resist the urge to arrive late. It’s almost counter-intuitive, but showing up early at a networking event is a much better strategy than getting there on the later side.
  2. Ask easy questions. Don’t wait around the edges of the room, waiting for someone to approach you.
  3. Ditch the sales pitch. Remember, networking is all about relationship building. Keep your exchange fun, light and informal – you don’t need to do the hard sell within minutes of meeting a person.
  4. Share your passion. Win people over with your enthusiasm for your product or service.
  5. Smile. It’s a simple – but often overlooked – rule of engagement. By smiling, you’ll put your nervous self at ease, and you’ll also come across as warm and inviting to others.
  6. Don’t hijack the conversation. Some people who dislike networking may overcompensate by commandeering the discussion.
  7. Remember to follow up. It’s often said that networking is where the conversation begins, not ends.

You can learn more at http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/223468

Jacqueline H. Waller
Founder
404-969-2057

You can learn more about Connecting Atlanta by visiting our website www.connectingatlanta.net.

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