Networking can be a challenge for those new to the networking scene. Regardless of your purpose for networking, it is important to be prepared for events. This guarantees the most success for your endeavors. Here are my top tips for preparing for an event.
Do not underestimate the power of quality leads! Gaining leads can not only expand your networks, but expose you to opportunities and available resources. Here are my top tips for gaining those sought after quality leads.
The SN Tip of the week is to start a blog! Use this online tool to promote your personal or company brand. Blogging offers great platform for sharing ideas, being an expert in your field or creating an online community / tribe. Cater to a specific audience and make sure to add loads of value. Also, consider following other bloggers!
I am always an advocate for a balanced networking lifestyle. Savvy networkers should be networking both on and offline. Use some time this weekend to refresh your Linkedin profile. Connect with colleagues and give out endorsement to spark some activity on your end. Also, search for new contacts to expand your networks!
I am an avid fan of Jeffrey Gitomer, sales guru based in Charlotte, NC. Jeffrey has an excellent brand when it comes to sales and communication. Of course, his slew of little books are not exception. One of my favorites, which I recommend for networking is the "Little Black Book of Connections". This pint size wonder offers various tips for building relationships, developing a solid network and adding value!
Be prepared for your next networking event! Draft and memorize good questions to start good conversations. Create questions which can really facilitate understanding and prospect individuals for leads or referrals to grow your networking endeavors. Listed below are my top networking questions!
The SN Tip of the week is to ask good questions. Asking open ended, thought provoking or interesting questions can spark great conversations. It can uncover hidden interests or passions and even overlapping networks!
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.