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Networking is one of the most effective ways to grow your business. Here's a quick list of networking essentials that you can make a part of your game plan.
Networking Tip: Learn to reciprocate. Look for opportunities to help others while furthering your own interests.
Make a lasting impression by asking, “Is there anything I can do to help you?”
A great way to be a better conversationalist:
Don’t say: “What do you do?”
Instead say: “What are you really excited about right now?”
Use Social Media to Create IRL (in real life) Networking Opportunities:
- tell your social media followers about your upcoming events
- post on social media during events using the event hashtag
- use direct messaging on social channels to set up one-on-one meetings
Establish meaningful relationships at your next event
Before you go. Use social media to connect prior to the event, look up the conference on Facebook or Twitter to have conversations with other attendees.
At the event. Ask questions and actually listen to the answers.
Back at the office. Follow up, always give value. Offer to help by sharing valuable information without selling your product to build trust.