From a September article from Inc Magazine dot com, I bring you the
first of a two-part series about 10 Ways to Network Like a Pro:
You’ve always heard that networking is everything in the business.
From gaining job opportunities to bringing in business for your
company, networking is the key to success.
Even though many people know that they should be networking,
most don’t have the first idea of how to get started. Luckily, following
these steps you can become a networking pro.
1. Keep Business Cards at All Time
It doesn’t matter if you’re only heading to the convenience store for a
fill-up. You never know when you’re going to need your business cards,
so keep them with you all the time.
2. Brag a Little
There’s nothing wrong with bragging a little about your
accomplishments or your company to get people interested.
3. Never Forget a Face (or a Name)
Try to remember everyone you meet. Look for physical qualities that
catch your attention, such as a tattoo, so that you can remember people.
Try word games and mnemonics to remember names.
4. Use Social Media
You should be on all of the major social media sites, and you should be
using them regularly. Network with everyone in your industry that you
can, and post frequently so that you stay on everyone’s minds.
5. Network with Everyone
Networking Pros know that looks can be deceiving and that everyone is
valuable in some way. Network with everyone that you meet, not just
those who you think might be interesting.
Next week I’ll continue with the other five steps to help you network
like a pro so you can find more great new opportunities to build your