Networking is the one activity that is most likely to help you succeed at work, no matter what business you are in. Making connections with colleagues will provide you with a network that will help you when you need it, inform you of the latest news and important information, and spread the news about your work. But with so much competition out there, making a good impression when you network is vital; Entrepreneur suggests in “7 Tips for Networking” some ways to be sure you do it right.
Keep It Short And Sweet
Business can be a fast-paced environment, which means you will have limited time to make any point that you have to make. Practice steering the conversation toward the topics that you need, so that you can quickly deliver the information that you want others to know. If they like what they hear and the opportunity presents itself, you may be able to arrange a more relaxed meeting later, during which you can expound upon your points. Likewise, be able to recognize when the person you are talking to is not interested in what you have to say; there is no point wasting your time trying to make a connection with someone who will not further your goals.
Be Friendly And A Good Listener
Listening skills are a must at networking events, and are an easy way of establishing a connection with someone else. They will be more likely to be interested in what you have to say if you show that you care about what they have to say. You can follow up the meeting with an email thanking them for their discussion, and be sure to mention specific points that they made. Networking will be easier with these tips, and you will find your career taking off as you continue to improve.