Below are my tips on how to network better!
#1 - Don't collect a business card or make online contact with the "how can I benefit" attitude. People will see right through it. Don't be a user, be a networker. It is an art. Be genuine and you will build a genuine relationship!
#2- Listen. Yes, listen. If you are busy pitching a new friend, you are busy missing out on what that friend needs and how you can help. A pitch is good but you may be selling the wrong service to the right person. So, take time to listen before you offer a solution.
#3- Lastly, follow-up. The handwritten note is dated. I get it. But take the time to link up , social media wise, with your new contact and thank them for following you in advance. If you believe the lead is worth it then send an e-thank you card. Starbucks and other eateries offer this service right from Facebook!
Try these three tips and I promise you an increase in brand recognition and sales!
Until next time....