Networking is the side hustle you need! Time to meet new people and grow your network. We have 10 tips to help get you the win at your next networking event!
1. PREPARE YOUR ELEVATOR SPEECH Who are you? What do you do? How can you benefit the next person? These are all the questions to ask yourself when preparing your elevator speech. The goal is to be brief and be interesting (captivate) within 1-2 mins.
2. HAVE YOUR BUSINESS CARDS Do not go to a networking event without business cards. Your card is the perfect reminder to “follow up”.
No, they are not dead! They are still alive, but if you absolutely dread the idea of carrying around business cards (understandable) … opt for a Tappy Card. Whatever works for you, always have something you can pull out on the spot where your information can be given/shared quickly.
3. DRESS TO IMPRESS Yes, fashion matters! Your first impression is everything. Show up and stand out (networking fashion blog post coming soon)!
4. BE FRIENDLY/APPROACHABLE Do you look happy? Is your body language open? Are you on your phone the entire time? These are questions to ask yourself, you should look inviting (smile) and present in the moment.
5. POSITIVE MINDSET A positive mindset, in turn, equals positive results. If you’re dreading the networking experience, turn those thoughts into happy thoughts. Think of all the possibilities that could happen from meeting just one great connect! They are endless, do not miss out.
6. SAY HELLO, INTRODUCE YOURSELF It is not hard, say hello and get the conversation started (that’s half the battle). Introduce yourself and the connection will fall in place.
7. BE ENGAGED Always show your interest by being engaged in any conversation you’re involved in. Do not take over the conversation, being engaged means listening and asking questions too.
8. 48 HOUR FOLLOW UP Follow up within two days! It is a good timeframe to not be forgotten. And too always remember to add something that you took away from the conversation. It shows you’re genuine and were actually engaged, because we all know a generic message when we see one.
9. BE CONSISTENT Don’t stop at one event, continue to find different networking outlets (socials, mixers, seminars, conferences, luncheons, volunteer). Get yourself out in the community! In person connections are still favored over digital connections (believe it or not).
10. GO OUTSIDE OF YOUR INDUSTRY Lastly, go outside of your industry. You do not have to network solely in your industry. We can all help one another, be open!