Networking the right way

The first step to networking successfully almost always begins with striking up conversations with strangers. There’s no getting around it. The hardest part is making that first contact—and the easiest way to do that is by jumping in and introducing yourself. Then, it’s time to find common ground and learn more about the person by asking questions. You’d be surprised to find how much people enjoying talking about themselves if you give them the chance!

That brings us to our next point. Be a good listener. That means really paying attention to what people are saying, rather than just thinking about how you will respond. A good tip to try is to repeat the other person’s point, in your own words. This shows that you are listening, and that you understand what they are saying.

One of the most important networking tips to remember is to be a giver and not a taker. In other words, leave your personal agenda at the door. If you go into conversations only thinking about what you will get out of the other person, you’re doomed to fail.

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