Networking. It's a word that gets tossed around every day. At times it’s overrated and at times it’s essential. In the end though, it’s something that will help you as a professional in your field.
Here are five tips you can execute to set yourself up for success in the realm of networking.
CREATE A GENUINE LINKEDIN PROFILE
LinkedIn is a hot spot for networking.
Profiles on the site can specifically be created to show your work history, find a job, or, in this case, as a networking tool.
Executing this task isn’t rocket science.
In short; let everyone know what you do, why you do it, where you add value and (if necessary) what you’re looking for or need in your business.
Don’t sugarcoat anything though. The more genuine and honest you are, the better your chances are of connecting with the right people.
INTERACTING ON TWITTER
Twitter is a universe where you can build your own unique brand. You’d be surprised how many people you’d never think would pay attention to you will actually give you the time of day on here. Interactions are the norm on Twitter. Take advantage.
MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION THAT LASTS
We all find ourselves in the situation of wanting to reach out to somebody we admire for their work, but don’t want to mess up the opportunity.
First of all, making that right first impression isn’t easy. It’s not something that you should rush into. Think about why YOU want to reach out to the individual. WHAT ABOUT THEM inspires you and has changed your life in particular. It’s also good to mention if you do things differently or better because of the groundwork that person has laid.
That’s a lot of information, now, try to roll all that up into a message that’s to the point and not over the top.
DON’T GET DISTRAUGHT
Most people will have several instances of unanswered emails, denied requests and conversations that unexpectedly come to a complete halt.
These are all normal. While it’s healthy to briefly analyze why these things happened, it’s simply a waste of time to worry about them and let these instances get to your head.
Take a deep breath. Embrace the good and bad experiences that come with networking. They happen to us all.
SHOOT FOR THE STARS (STRATEGICALLY)
Every human being is different. We all are great at something. Sometimes it’s publicly known and sometimes it can be a secret to the outside world. You know yourself better than anybody else. If you want to get in touch with someone, the only person who can stop you is yourself. However, take a step back and ask yourself:
Is this the best time to reach out to (fill in the blank)?
If the answer is yes then DO IT!