Remember that first date you were super excited about? Yes, that one. You expected he or she would be totally amazing but needless to say, it didn’t quite turn out that way. Well, that’s the same with networking. Some people are either too nervous, not sure what to say (or do) or feel altogether awkward. Then there are others who are more confident, relaxed and ready to take the relationship to the next level. Now, when these two meet it can be a total match or a bad first date.
Let’s talk about how to ensure your next networking experience doesn’t turn into a bad first date. Before you go to your next networking event, ask yourself how you’d like those that you meet to remember you? Your response to that question will guide how you show up, interact and engage others. Your actions will determine how others respond, react and remember you.
Whether it’s a networking event or online event, one way to boost your profits is to develop and nurture your business relationships. I participated in a multi-speaker online event recently and followed up with the attendees that signed up for my free gift. One of the business owners I spoke said that out of the 20 speakers that participated in the event, I was the only one that reached out by phone. Yes, the others sent emails but the quickest, fastest way to put money in your bank account is to follow by picking up the phone.
Below are 5 hot first date tips to ensure that your next networking experience doesn’t turn into a bad first date.
- Smile and introduce yourself
- Ask open ended questions
- Listen and stay engaged (put the cell phone away)
- Ask for the business card only if you intend to use it
- Follow up – send a handwritten note or personalized video
Remember, before the event think about how you want to be remembered. And, keep in mind the relationship doesn’t stop there. This is just the beginning. If you want to go out on a “second date”, ask yourself what you can do to stand out and stay top of mind after the networking event.
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