Business networking has grown immensely over the past few years. Afterall, “It isn’t what you know; it’s who you know.” Business relationships open many doors to business opportunities whether it be a job offer, recommendation, or introduction to another person. The more people that you know, the more opportunities you have the chance of being exposed too. Here are some helpful tips on how to be a successful business networker.
Let’s be honest. Others can tell when you are being “fake.” Being genuine and authentic will help you build trusting relationships where you allow others to help you while also having the opportunity to help others.
Developing your own personal business goals gives you the opportunity to find groups with people that will support you and help you to achieve those goals. Visit as many different networking groups as you can. If it sparks your interest, it could lead to great networking opportunities..
Asking open ended questions will spark up a conversation rather than just evoke a yes or no response. Discussing ideas and listening to others will show that you are interested in them.
Making yourself a strong resource for others will keep them coming back to you. They will view you as a mentor and look to you for suggestions, ideas, and other business networking ideas.
Be sure to follow through on resources that you have been provided with, quickly. When someone refers you, the way that you act or respond reflects on the person who originally gave the referral. Make sure that you make a great impression by following up quickly.
Using these networking tips will make you a powerful business networker, and a great resource for those around you. Help yourself, while also helping others through networking.
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