When you are networking, you most likely are meeting people for the first time. It is crucial to make a good first impression. It establishes trust and credibility. It also shows professionalism. Here are my top 5 tips for making a good first impression.
The key to good networking is following up after making a connection at an event. Whether it is formal or informal, reaching out can jumpstart a great relationship, partnership or collaboration. Here are my top tips for following up after an event!
1. Connect with your counterpart in a timely manner.
2. Follow up with any promises made.
3. Link up on social media or professional networking sites.
4. Offer to meet in person or via conference call.
5. Be networking minded and offer value by sharing resources.
The SN Tip of the week is to change up your networking approach. If you are used to attending large mixers, consider connecting with 1 person via coffee. If you are used to networking online, consider attending an in-person event and connecting with 4 or 5 individuals. If you are used to networking once in a while, consider networking more frequently. One little change can make a huge difference!
The SN Tip of the week is to build your networks. Do not just attend random networking events but focus on connecting with like minded individuals. Use opportunities to learn more about others and create a platform for sharing and developing!
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.