In a world where we are constantly connected, having a good network has become a key tool for success. Your network can help you learn new skills, provide professional advice, and make recommendations that will help you improve, all while making friendships. Here at L&B Direct, we value the importance of a good network and have come up with our top ways to network like a professional.
Build Genuine Relationships
Networking cannot be summed up into a numbers game; one strong connection or conversation is better than five superficial ones. It takes a personal connection to build a lasting relationship. Next time you are out networking, whether it be at a social event or conference, extend the invitation first. Focus on creating genuine connections to form lasting relationships and lifelong friendships.
Use Open-Ended Questions To Spark Good Conversation
Forming a new network is a great opportunity to get to know a person. When you are having a conversation with someone new, try using open-ended questions. Asking a simple yes or no question may end the conversation abruptly, but an open-ended one allows for things to flow past the initial question. This tool is a great way to gain insight into a person’s inner thoughts and feelings.
Most networking events are full of people trying to accomplish the same thing you are. Make sure you stand out from the group. A great way to do just that is to gain people’s interest. Find common ground and use that to your advantage. However, make sure you don’t go overboard. You want to be remembered for the right reasons and not the wrong ones.
Help Your Network
Relationships are about give and take, so make sure you help your network if you expect help in return. Ask first about another’s current projects and be personally interested. Be the first one to lend a helping hand or provide resources if you are unable to assist personally. Acts of generosity are always remembered. Relationships are a two-way street where lending a helping hand is just as important as taking one.
Stay In Touch
You’ve formed the connection and it’s blossomed into a network. Make sure you stay in touch to keep the relationship going strong. In such a technology driven world, use different forms of communication to your advantage. Stay in touch via phone calls or emails every few months just to say hello. Social media has become a great tool for staying connected. With platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram, staying in touch has become easier than ever. We can’t tell you how many team members at L&B Direct have been referred by one of our customers or team members.
Next time you find yourself in a networking situation, use our tips to your advantage. Remember to be genuine and interesting with good conversation, while lending a helping hand and staying in touch. All of us at L&B Direct know you will create a support network full of life long friendships.