Networking is an art, but what makes it artful is making it look natural. Networking is about naturally building relationships. Whether your goal is to increase your customer base or find new vendors, building relationships is how you will accomplish both.
- Learn how to build relationships with the “right” customers or vendors; it is critical to achieving your goals.
- Learn how to build relationships that benefit both parties; networking is a two-way street. Think about what you can do for others.
- Learn to create the 30-second elevator pitch that will pique someone’s interest
- Learn how to use social networks to naturally network. Social networking has the potential to create long-lasting relationships and potential referrals.
In 2009, After Vanessa decided to leave a full-time position to launch her own communications agency and pursue professional speaking full-time, she needed to transfer contacts from two cell phone into one. The sales assistant at the cellular store told her it would take a while because she had more than 8,000 contacts in her phones. She hadn’t even realized she had been naturally networked throughout her entire career.