Networking events can be intimidating, exhausting, and somewhat frustrating – just by pure nature. However, all of these feelings are exasperated if you don’t seem to get what you need out of the event. The three simple tips below will help you network better so you can build your contacts list and better relationships.
Build Relationships – not Leads
If you’re going into a networking event giving off the “I have something to sell you” vibe, you’re going to crash and burn. Networking events are all about human connection. Instead of focusing on who will buy from you, focus on making connections to build mutually beneficial relationships. How can you help each other?
Venture into New Territory
Variety is the spice of life, and you truly never know what a new experience can bring your way. If networking has gotten a little stale for you, try a new event! Here are a few to consider: industry conference, leadership conference, local chamber of commerce event, virtual workshop, in-person workshop, age/gender specific networking happy hour, and so much more. Reach out to peers and friends to see what types of events they enjoy going to, or check out local event websites. Be brave and try something new!
Give Out Business Cards
Hear me out on this – business cards are still the easiest way to share information at an event. Not only does it allow you to hand over all your information at once, it gives the recipient something to remember you by for follow-up from your conversation. And finally, remember that social media is a noisy place, so instead of giving someone your Instagram handle, a business card gives them all the information to invite them into a more productive relationship.
Networking is tricky for almost everyone. Use these three tips to get better at building relationships that help you achieve your goals. If you’d like to take your skills to the next level, understanding your personal preferences and strengths can help you gain the confidence to make the most of every networking opportunity. Learn more about how I can help you here.