Do you network for your business?
Do you love meeting new people?
In business, it’s who you know that really makes the difference, as people do business with people, and no other way.
Within this blog post, you’re going to discover 5 quick fire tips that you shouldn’t do at your next networking event.
These tips are here to help you avoid mistakes and crucial lessons that will keep you from making a bad impression on yourself, your brand and your business.
Talking About Yourself Too Much
With any interaction, whether that be at a networking event or daily interactions, it’s crucial that you don’t talk about yourself too much.
This is an important tip as other people will get bored by this very easily, and will become less and less interested in hopefully working with you in the future.
Be interested in what the other person has to say, ask them questions, be attentive, and you’ll ensure that you’re giving off the right impression whilst networking.
Being Someone You’re Not
Even though its important to be confident when networking, you should reframe from trying to act like someone you’re not.
Others can see through this and can think of your business as the same.
If you’re not being truthful and honest with who you are, does this reflect with your business too?
Don’t let them raise questions like this about you!
Be honest with yourself and act yourself!
Always be yourself, in any situation.
Lack Of Presentation
Presentation comes in many forms, from the way you look, your body language to how prepared you are for any situation.
Networking is important to give the right impression straight from the up go, so it’s crucial that you come prepared and look the part.
Make sure you bring your business cards, leaflets of any kind, marketing material, look presentable and have a short description in your head about what you do, in case you have to say a few words about yourself.
Being prepared will make you look professional, and encourage others to work with you in the future.
Working The Room Too Much
I get it, you want to meet with as many different business owners as possible to increase your chance of getting more work through the door, but it’s paramount that you don’t work the room too much.
You need to ensure that you’re working the room, but also making strong connections with others.
If you don’t, you’ll wont get a chance to really form those strong business connections, and get others to trust you.
If you leave a group of people too quickly because you need to ‘work the room’, then you’re networking all wrong.
Make sure you’re building strong relationships and meeting with an array of people, and play it by ear.
Dismissing The Networking Format
Every networking event has a different format, whether that’s a meet and greet, a more formal event around tables, or even a speed dating type of event.
Not knowing what you’re going into is a massive mistake, as you’ll be confronted by a format that you may not be comfortable with, and not enjoy.
Before attending any networking event, make sure you do your research, and talk to the host if possible.
This will leave you with confidence that your going to the right business networking event for you, and you won’t be confronted with a surprise at the end of it.
Network Like A Pro!
Networking has been a valuable tool for me as a freelancer and business owner.
It gets my service in front of others, it gives me the chance to showcase my brand to others, and I get to meet with other business owners too.
Business networking can work absolute wonders for you, so if you haven’t tried networking yet, I highly recommend you do!
If you think you’ve fallen into any of these habits, make sure you learn from these tips I’ve shared, and next time you’ll leave a better impression.
Networking is all about impressions, so utilise these tips and enlighten other people around you, that they just have to work with you in the future!
But I’ll love to know;
What disastrous habits have you encountered whilst networking?
How has networking helped you?
Have I missed any tips?
Comments are more than welcome below
Summary Of Points
- Don’t talk about yourself too much whilst networking, and be engaging with the other person – ask questions about their business.
- Be yourself and never try and act differently to receive more attention or business, be yourself and people will folk to you!
- Make sure your presentation is spot on; dress smart, bring business cards and leaflets, and make sure your body language is on form
- Get the balance of working the room and building connections right
- Make sure you’re clued up with the networking structure and it’s format, as every event is different.
Many thanks for listening to me today, be sure to comment below if you have any questions that you would like to ask me on this topic, I’ll love to hear from you. You can also check out me on Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus. Thanks again, and have a great day!