Networking Tips to Build Your Business

How to Go From Awkward to Awesome!

 

Networking Tips to Build Your BusinessNetworking goes hand in hand with running a successful business.

 

But many of us dread walking into a room and introducing ourselves to a bunch of strangers.

 

It’s easy to see why.

 

For those of us who are not natural extroverts, networking events can be painful. It’s hard to be in a crowded room with no one to talk to.  It’s awkward and disconcerting to say the least.  Continue reading

How to be a Master Networker – Tip 8

Tip #8 – Follow-up!

 

How to be a Master Networker – Tip 8So you attended a networking meeting, chamber mixer, tradeshow or membership meeting and collected an assortment of shiny new business cards while handing out yours in return.

 

Now what?  Sit back and wait for your phone to ring and your inbox to be flooded with emails?

 

I don’t think so.  It doesn’t usually work like that.  Continue reading

How to be a Master Networker – Tip 7

Tip #7 – Do What You Say You Are Going to Do!

 

How to be a Master Networker – Tip 7When you make a promise to someone, or to yourself, fulfilling that promise is an honorable action and shows you can be trusted.

 

Most of us want to be known as a trustworthy person. If we give our word to do something, we will make it a priority.

 

If you had a choice, which kind of person would you want to be known as, and what kind of people would you want to hang around?  Continue reading

How to be a Master Networker – Tip 6

Tip #6 – Consistency & Time!

 

How to be a Master Networker – Tip 6Relationship building requires intentional, consistent effort.  We need to consistently add value to someone else over time.

 

The time and consistency aspect is where most people falter.  Most everyone sends the follow up email, but very few stay in touch month after month after month. By being consistent over time, you WILL stand out.  Continue reading

How to be a Master Networker – Tip 5

Tip #5 – Be a Connector!

 

How to be a Master Networker – Tip 5We all know people like them, people who seem to know everyone. They’re always ready and able to help — or if they can’t, they know someone who can. Fifteen minutes after you meet them, you’re already talking like you are childhood friends.

 

They’re successful, smart and funny… and they’re interested in everything.  Who are they?  They’re the connectors.  Continue reading

How to be a Master Networker – Tip 4

Tip #4 – Be a Giver!

 

How to be a Master Networker – Tip 4Your primary objective in building a network is to help people.  You may or may not have the opportunity to make a sales pitch to the person you help, but giving will start you on the path of building a relationship with them which is much more important.

 

Ready for tip #4 in learning how to be a Master Networker?

 

Today’s tip is all about Be A Giver.  What do I mean…. watch the short video below and learn a very important step to being a Master Networker.  Continue reading

How to be a Master Networker – Tip 2

Tip #2 – Be Prepared!

 

How to be a Master Networker – Tip 2Networking is more than just shaking hands and passing out business cards.  But business cards are an important part of the equation as well.

 

Sometimes, even when executives squeeze time for networking into their already busy schedules, they don’t make the most of what could be golden opportunities to connect.  Continue reading

How to be a Master Networker – Tip 1

Tip #1 – Show Up!

 

How to be a Master Networker – Tip 1Some people are remarkably gifted networkers.  They always know what to say and love making connections with others.

 

And there are many of us out there who are not so gifted.  The good news is that becoming a networker is a skill that can be learned.  With a little effort you too can become a Master Networker!  Continue reading