We’re all about connections on Team Benevolent Events and have made networking a central subject of our leadership training program. Without help, many people find connecting with others to be a bit scary, either because they aren’t sure what to say or simply don’t know where to start. However, knowing how to network is one of the most powerful success skills a team member can learn, so we’ve put together this list of tips to help novice team members (and you) feel more confident when meeting others:
• Have Goals: By these, we mean SMART goals, not just a vague wish such as wanting to meet people. Before attending a Benevolent Events networking affair, we would have an objective like engaging in three 15-minute conversations with people whose company we enjoy and end with an exchange of contact information.
• Have an Elevator Intro Prepared: We practice saying who we are, what we do, what we’re experts at, and what we want to know more of in a succinct manner – 30 to 60 seconds at most. We tailor this information to fit our personality and use it as a way to break the ice while also representing ourselves honestly.
• Ask Questions: Questions give us a chance to get to know the people we’re conversing with, providing insight into their skills, experiences, and needs. It’s good to have a couple of queries prepared, such as asking if they’ve read any good books lately. Often, though, it’s just as easy to ask them to share more.
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