We are all drawn to people who are opening, welcoming and yes smiling. A smile lets other people know you are happy for them to approach and talk to you so make sure you smile openly at your next networking event.
At this time of year, holidays are a great conversation starter whether you are talking about plans for bank holidays, half term (for those with kids) or the summer. Most people have either just been away or have something in the diary that they are looking forward to that they are happy to chat about
The general rule is follow-up within 24 hours of meeting someone. Make it easy for yourself: Pre-schedule 30 minutes in your diary the morning after a networking event to follow up on contacts and add people to your address book, LinkedIn etc recording as much detail as possible using whatever CRM system you use.
Have an “Engage List” If you use social media, another follow-up strategy you might find useful is engaging with them on social media. If your contact is active on social media – this is another great channel for keeping in touch and still engaging. Simple things list retweeting their content, liking their updates, commenting on
Choosing a business networking group to join can be daunting when faced with lots of different options. It is not always clear which will be the best investment of your time and money. However, if you do your research and ask around you will soon find the right networking events and groups to match your
The A to Z Challenge. My original goals for the Challenge: Complete the A to Z Challenge. Get back into blogging on a regular basis. Create a new resource for my blog. Reflections on the Challenge: Complete the A to Z Challenge…. This was the first year I have successfully completed the whole of the
Build your network by “Keeping in Touch” For contacts that you want to”Keep in Touch” with but don’t necessarily have a reason to actively network with them, it is important to have a strategy for keeping in touch. The most common way to do this is by regularly sending the relevant contact (every 4-6 weeks
In its most simple form The Elevator Pitch is your 15-20 seconds response to the question “What do you do?”. If you were to meet a potentially important contact for the first time in an elevator at a conference and he/she asks you: “What do you do?” you have seconds to make an impressive impact. That
Thank you for joining us for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. You can find all the posts in this series listed below. A is for… Activity Feed B is for… Background Image C is for… Company Page D is for… Detailed Description E is for… Endorsements F is for… Following (and Followers) G