Some of you may know that I am a member of Athena the ladies only networking organisation, the meetings I attend are run by the lovely Karen Fowler who runs Athena East Berkshire and Basingstoke.

During our meeting, this week she recommended a book called Networking for Dummies and highlighted a section named Networking Gaffs, which we discussed during the meeting and was very useful and thought provoking.

This got me thinking, and I decided it was worth writing a post about.

We are all familiar with pets, partners and children popping up on our zoom meetings, forgetting to unmute before we speak etc. but on a serious note there are some key habits to consider if you want to be successful at networking, make a good impression, build lasting relationships, and grow your business.

  • Don’t go to meetings with the sole intention to sell to everyone there – this will put people off, nobody likes to be sold to.
  • Be interested in others – ask questions and get to know people. Don’t be the person who dominates every conversation.
  • Don’t assume – you don’t know who anyone knows or what they know, it is important to keep an open mind. The most unlikely person could be your best connection.
  • Don’t judge – like don’t assume, it is important not to make snap decisions about people.
  • Be clear with your introduction – practice how introduce yourself, so you make the best first impression and people are clear on what you do.
  • Don’t overrun on your presentations – at most meetings there is the opportunity to introduce yourself in 30 to 60 seconds. Be considerate of everyone else, the meeting is on a timeframe so be respectful of that.
  • Do not use your mobile phone while at the meeting and keep it turned off.
  • Not following up – it is important to follow up with the other attendees, 121’s is where the magic happens.

Let me know your thoughts, and any I might have missed.

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Author: Reccobiz Ltd

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