There are many different ways that you can use Networkit. Networkit is a tool designed to work with your business or networking strategy (or if you don’t already have one – to help you design your networking strategy).There are no right or wrong ways of using the kit, they simply create a visual (and physical prompt) and a visual and physical action by not only creating networking prompts but by helping you to actively management to ongoing networking activities such as:
- attending networking events
- follow up activities after networking events
- ongoing follow- up activities with contacts
- building and maintaining relationships with contacts.
Use Networkit as a Prompt Deck
Networkit is, in simple terms, a deck of prompt cards. At the most basic level you can simply cut cards (or pick a random card by your method of choice) to prompt your next networking activity.
Use Networkit as a Prompt Deck (with your Business Cards)
Rather than just using your Networkit as one deck of cards – why not use a second deck using business cards that you have collected for your networking contacts. Use the two decks to match a networking activity with a contact.
Use Networkit on your Wall Planner
As well as a Prompt Deck Networkit can be used to help plan your Networking Activities. Once you have chosen an networking follow-up activity you can use ‘Event’ and ‘Follow Up’ Cards (and Stickers) with your diary, planner or wall planner.
- Pick a few cards. Event cards for Fixed Events, Connection Cards for activities dedicated to a specific contact and follow up cards for follow up events and activities relating to a specific connection.
- Stick them to the wall planner using tape or blu tac (or go for the sticker option)
- Write the details of events and follow up meetings on the cards, and move them as you build (and progress) your relationships.
Use Networkit in your Paper Planner / Binder/ Filofax / Diary
As with above once you have chosen an networking follow-up activity you can use ‘Event’ and ‘Follow Up’ Cards (and Stickers) with your diary or planner. Otherwise as above.
Use Networkit in your Business Cards
As well as using the Networkit as a deck with your business cards, you can also use Networkit as part of your storage system. Whether this is in a Rolodex, a cards box, a buisiess card folio or binder. You can use connection cards to help keep you business cards (and notes from networking events up to date and relevant).
Use Networkit as a REVERSE Business Card
Ever been to an event and ran out of cards, or met someone who didn’t have a business card to hand? Networkit solves this issue, by also doubling up as a DIY business card. Use the connection card and the contact can quickly jot down their details for you.
Use Networkit to proritise your Networking Activities
If you are a keen networker you will often have a lot of contacts and cannot dedicate the same energy to each of them. Networkit can help you prioritise and identify these contacts by using a selection grid (or timeline) method of your choice.