How to Network with ConfidenceOctober 9, 2019
Networking often helps you to establish connections that can turn into opportunities. People can network across many outlets including the workplace, social outings, special events and even social media. With many new avenues of communication, it is easier than ever to develop relationships. Follow our guide for how to network with confidence.
First, remember that the ultimate goal of networking is to create an ongoing relationship. If you feel social anxiety, try practicing with people you are already connected with. This provides a good way to test the waters when it comes to communication. To put your best foot forward, it is a good idea to come prepared to talk. In your mind, establish what you bring to the table and allow the conversation to flow naturally. This preparation can help ease you in if it’s your first time at a networking event. Most importantly, be genuine! When you get to know someone be sure to listen, ask questions and stay engaged. You want to build a lasting connection to see how you can mutually help one another.
On that note, regardless of where you networked, be sure to follow up with the person you spoke with. If you offered to share information, keep your promises. People will respect the follow through and engage with you as an established connection. Additionally, network across a variety of spaces. The more you put yourself out there, the easier the process feels. Also, networking across several avenues allows for a well-rounded list of connections. You never know who can lend a helping hand in the future.
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