GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Networking can be a key to success if you know how to network properly. Coming up with a game plan, commanding attention, and giving are all important components. Here are three ways to successfully network.
1. Dress to impress
It’s said a person sums up their ideas about an individual in the first 7 seconds. If you’re attending a networking event make sure your dress matches your intentions: to create a image of a well-dressed, intelligent, put-together professional.
2. Understand what you’re seeking from the event and networking opportunity.
Networking for the sake of networking usually doesn’t work. People have limited time and need to know what it is you want. That doesn’t mean you don’t take the time to create small talk and get to know the person, it just means when it comes to the ask be specific. It’s easier for someone to help you when you ask “can you introduce me to contacts in the hospitality industry looking for management consultants” versus “I was wondering if you had any contacts in the hospitality industry.”
3. Give before you take
A big part of networking involves giving before you ask for something. Why should this person help you? What have you done for them? Maybe they need digital marketing help and you’re an SEO and online marketing expert so you give them a few pointers. Whatever the scenario may be, be sure to give something back. As Maya Angelou said: “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”
Put these tips to the test at the 3rd annual WOTV 4 Women Network Night at Standale Interiors. You can RSVP here.