If you are a timid person, face to face networking can be a scary thing. However, face to face networking creates a community spirit and complements one’s online networking effort.
Below are several networking tips that you can use, it can help even the shyest person to get started.
1. Pick your events wisely
There are different networking groups in the internet that you can find. There are groups for Tweeters, Diggers, Bloggers, and other networking groups that you can find. Such networking groups are a good start for you because you and everybody else on the networking groups have commonalities before you even meet face to face.
2. Fly Solo
It can be scary if you were a room with a group of strangers and you might be tempted to bring along a friend. However, it is best that you go into the events all by yourself.
This is because when your friend comes along, you might end up talking to your friend instead of talking to other individuals in the room. Bringing a friend to an event can also hinder your interaction with others.
3. Think like a peacock – stand out from the crowd!
In any event, people are looking for different individuals that they can talk to. For that reason, it is best that you are noticeable. You should make a good first impression so that they will approach you.
To standout in the crowd, you should make an effort to look professional and refined. You can use different ways such as wearing clothing that has a witty slogan. It is best that the statement that you want to convey is related to your business/ website/blog. This is a great way to start a conversation.
4. Use your biggest asset – a friendly smile
This is the best way that you can easily get a person to be comfortable with you. However, it is not a good idea to keep smiling at a person for several minutes. It is best that you give a quick smile so that other individuals can acknowledge that you are inside the room.
5. Don’t be afraid to approach others
Most of the individuals that you find on such events are there due to the same purpose. You can use a simple greeting message when approaching others. For instance, if you are a girl and want to talk to another girl, you can use a compliment to start a conversation.
6. Know your Elevator Pitch
It is important to know your elevator pitch. An outline of an idea for a service, project, or product is an elevator pitch. Furthermore, an elevator pitch should be conveyed to another individual in the duration of an elevator ride. For that reason, it is best that you have an elevator pitch for your blog, business, or other things that you can use so that you can say it in your conversation easily.
7. Talk about their favorite subject
One of the best topics that you can use is about the person you are talking with. You can talk about anything. You can have a conversation about their favorite subjects such as hobbies, the food they like, places they have visited, and anything that you can think of.
The conversation that you have does not need to be about business, you can have a conversation that can give you both a good time and leave a good memory.
8. Share the love around the flock
It is advisable to talk to several people to best utilize your time at the event. Furthermore, if you find that your conversation is getting dull with one person, you can excuse yourself, have a drink, and talk to other individuals in the room.
Another thing you should remember is to not be offended if other individuals do the same to you. You must consider that the people who have gathered at that event want to know other people too.
9. Follow up
Networking is useless if you do not speak with the people that you might meet again. It is a good idea to ask for business cards, usernames, and URLs of the
person that you meet in the networking event.
This will allow you to speak with them again the next day or some other days. A simple hi is sufficient if you ever meet them on another occasion. Furthermore, be sure to get in touch with them and not wait for them to contact you.
10. Give, and you shall receive
What goes around comes around. For instance, you recommend something to them. You give them different articles and stuff that they can use. If you do this, you may be able to ask for their help in the future.
This will allow you to build up a good relationship with them whether it is in friendship or business.
So, hesitate no more. Step out of your comfort zone and go out there to have some fun.