We are rarely successful on our own.
People like to do business with people they like and who make them feel good. In fact, research by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation and the Stanford Research Institute shows that 85% of professional success is connected to social skills – wow. We definitely need to know how to interact with others.
"Networking" means interacting with other people to exchange information and develop relationships and contacts, particularly in furtherance of one's career. Knowing the do’s and don’ts of networking is essential. Do you know what to do? Do you know what not to do? To get the ball rolling, we have provided you with a marvelous networking checklist.
Do be confident and act like you belong – fake it until this feeling becomes part of you
Do your homework before you attend an event – who is going to be there, who do you want to meet, and what is your agenda
Don’t dismiss the importance of small talk – this type of safe conversation allows relationships to take root and bloom
Don’t just talk to those you know – get out of your comfort zone and introduce yourself to new people
Don’t just head to the bar or buffet – you aren’t there to eat and drink – you are there to meet new people and interact further with those you already know
Follow these tips and you will be networking like a pro in no time.
Have a marvelous week - Catherine