Here is part 2 of important tips on building your network and setting yourself apart from the competition. There were so many good tips that we couldn’t fit them all in one blog post. These networking tips can take you from blending in to standing out. Try these tips to help you get to the next step in your career. Click here for part 1.
1. Research– I mentioned this briefly in part 1 but it’s worth elaborating. Research who you think will be at the event and all of the VIPs. Even outside of events, it’s important to know who the influencers are in your field. It even helps to Google and search on LinkedIn for their picture and any background information. This will become helpful when it’s time to meet them face-to-face. You can often find out information such as causes they’re passionate about, where they went to school, and what their interests are. That way when you meet, you’ll already have a conversation-starter. Try to find common ground with them and let the conversation flow from there. Identify what it is that they need that you have. Even better, try to connect with them about something that isn’t business-related.
2. Be yourself. There’s a saying that goes “Fake it ‘til you make it” that I agree with- to a certain extent. It helps to prepare yourself for an opportunity that you may not be qualified or ready for but don’t put on airs. Be genuine. The more relatable you are, the better.
3. Be confident and know that you are an asset. Knowing what you have to offer is like unlocking the secret to confidence. If you’re nervous, think about all of the things that you’re great at. Tooting your own horn to yourself is sometimes the push you need to walk into that room and own it. You are a great asset, remember that.
4. Take notes. After meeting someone, utilize the apps that you have in your phone and make quick notes about each person. You can even write a short description of each person that you meet and the interaction on the back of their business cards. This will make it easier when it’s time to follow-up.
These tips are great starting points to advance further in your career. Get connected, stay connected, and build your network.
Stefanie C. Mitchell is a Digital Marketing Specialist with S. Mitchell Marketing. She creates effective marketing strategies and utilizes online tools to build, grow, and promote brands. Stefanie is the Chief Curator of Social Lites, an online blog that offers insights and shares the latest tips and trends in the marketing industry.