How was your weekend? Amazing I hope.
Okayy, so as Bloggers and Entrepreneurs we are very aware of the power and importance of networking. However despite this knowledge, some of us still find it difficult to attend Networking events, Meet-ups, Brunches, Cookouts etc, mainly because they tend to be awkward and ‘time wasting’.
Now without wasting your time, in no particular order, here are some tips to help you ‘nail’ your next networking event.
1) Dress Appropriately
You don’t want to show to a place with people you’ve most likely never met before looking a little ‘off’. Remember the way you dress is the way you would be addressed. Keep it simple and classy!
2) Be Yourself
It’s very important that you be yourself and not give in to any pressure whatsover. It might a little overwhelming especially if you’re not used to that kind of crowd, just don’t try to change who you are just so you can fit in.
3) Turn off Notifications
This might be difficult because our phones are the very things that save us from moments like this. You Just have to remember that you’re there to meet people, and it might seem rude when you keep checking Instagram and Twitter.
4) Be Confident
You have the same right as everyone to be in that room so be bold and do away with timidity. Be Confident, Smile, Make jokes. This is not the time to be shy. Notice I didn’t say ‘overconfident’?
5) Be Interesting and Interested
Avoid being stiff, make friends, talk about things that might not even relate to your reason for coming there. As much as you want to be interesting, it is also important to be interested in other people’s stories, Listen to them and let the conversation be both ways.
I’ll leave you with this quote “Networking is not just about connecting people, it’s about connecting people with people, people with ideas and people with opportunities” -Michele Jennae
There you have it guys. Were the tips helpful? What other tips can you share with us? We would love to know.