The SN Tip of the week is to refer a friend. This could be to a mutual friend or colleague, via social media or filling out a survey. Take the time to promote someone else and offer honest comments to build their credibility!
Once you have made a good networking connection, how do you build that relationship? What ideas do you have for staying connected on a consistent basis? What ideas do you have for creating opportunities for mutual business? What ideas do you have for making introductions or expanding your networks? These are great questions to ask to keep you focused and on track in your networking endeavors!
How much time do you dedicate to networking? How much time do you spend sharpening your networking skills? How much time do you spend following up? How much time do you spend building relationships? How much time do you spend networking online? These are key questions to ask in your networking journey to success. Carving out time and having a strategic plan can bring clarity, efficiency and profitability to your agendas!
The SN Tip of the week is reach out to the organizer of the event. Whether you do this before or after attending the function, connecting with the organizer can be very beneficial. You can gain insight on what types of people are attending or how many people are attending. You can also follow up afterwards to request to be on a mailing list or be notified of similar events from the organization of their affiliates and partners.
I am a firm believer that practice makes perfect. In order to excel in your networking endeavors, you must be networking consistently and improving your skills. In the process of doing this, even savvy networkers tend to slip up! Here are my list of 5 common mistakes to avoid on your road to networking success!
I hope this helps and Happy Networking!
The Champion Networker (Chi Chi Okezie) is a networking, diversity and inclusion influencer known for infusing culture, history, language, arts and entertainment into her company's training and events.