The importance of networking can not be overstated enough, it is the primary and highly rated basis of finding jobs, employees, partnerships and new business opportunities. Networking has become comparatively easier through social media platforms and professional networking websites. However, with these platforms the over ruling factor of flooded emails, invites and requests tend to accumulate and overshadow people and their presence. Here are 5 tips as food for thought going out to those who seek innovative ways of networking amongst large group of people
1) Create Blogs with gripping and informative content
One way to form a lasting impression is to connect via a touchpoint where constant information exchange and updates can take place. Moreover, the engaging nature of a blog gives more opportunities of building a rapport and developing mutual interests along with informal conversation that can sprout into a productive result for both parties involved. Having the blog link printed on business card or on the public social media profile can be a lead for networking through this means.
2) Outline goals and monitor success
A haywire message that is self-introductory and entails a little information about associated corporations or institutes is quite the ritual of what people come across while networking online. Set goals, of say introducing to branches of the industry, a certain corporate level and developing an on-going relationship that can be monitored in terms of growth and benefit. While networking is being considered, growth is the number of times a meaningful, engaging conversation strikes between two people and benefit is, whether it is taking forward some action or not. A meeting, referral, recommendation, job opportunity etc are some of the benefits.
3) Scrutinize common mindsets and converse over it
Small talk is a necessity while creating new and professional relationships, for introverts at times bringing up a conversation that does not seem too odd is quite a task. Step back, take a couple of seconds and gulp in what the other person seems like in appearance. A laptop, dressing style, body language and other factors give out heaps of signals of what the personality type might be. According to the given situation, choose the opening sentence and conversation style from formal to informal, work introduction to college connections, whatever suits in the given time.
4) Prepare relevant questions appear informed and updated
In order to network professionally, the ups and downs of the market situation and some key points must be handy while commencing a conversation. It is undoubtedly essential to be prepared, look what’s happening in competitor’s organizations, what are the latest market trends and forecasts and prepare questions that would lead to an open ended conversation ending with the exchange of business cards.
5) Be comfortable and confident
Last but not the least, this is one very important factor. Many people come under the pressure of forming a positive and fruitful impression on the other person and in this quest suppress original personality way too much, eventually the outcome seems quite fake and unattractive. Professional networking platforms and meetings can prove to be demanding, but too much peer pressure must not develop. People like to connect with and form relationships with those who are confident and comfortable in their own shoes.