19 Tips That Will Make You a Networking Master

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19 great ideas for how to make networking easier, more effective, and even more fun! Whether you're looking for a job or trying to get ahead at work, these tips will transform you into a networking master.

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19 Tips That Will Make You a Networking Master

  1. 19 TIPS THAT WILL MAKE YOU A NETWORKING MASTER
  2. You’ve heard that NETWORKING is important.
  3. To get JOB leads FIELD To meet new CONNECTIONS To learn about your
  4. But, we know: NETWORKING can be intimidating and hard.
  5. EVENTS? What do I DO when I’m there? How do I START conversations? When should I FOLLOW UP? How do I find
  6. Don’t worry. We’ve got the tips you need to become a NETWORKING MASTER in just a few minutes.
  7. Let’s get STARTED.
  8. 1 YOU CAN FIND EVENTS ANYWHERE   Your ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PROFESSIONAL groups INDUSTRY conferences MEETUP.com
  9. 2 …OR START YOUR OWN   INVITE THREE FRIENDS, ask them each to invite three friends, and meet at a bar or someone’s home.
  10. 3 BRING TONS OF YOUR CARDS   PLUS A PEN so you can to jot down notes for each person you meet
  11. WEAR SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU FEEL GREAT Check your COAT Wear COMFORTABLE shoes Don’t bring a large BAG 4
  12. 5 SET A GOAL FOR EACH EVENT   Like… MEET 5 new people LEARN something new Start 3 CONVERSATIONS
  13. SEE WHO’S COMING AHEAD OF TIME SEE WHO’S TWEETING or check the invite list 6
  14. 7 GET YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH READY   JOB TITLE and company + What that means in LAYMAN’s TERMS + WHY you love it Your
  15. 8 START AT THE BAR OR BUFFET It’ll give you a chance to scan the room before DIVING IN
  16. 9 HAVE A FEW CONVERSATION STARTERS IN MIND   BEEN HERE before? How’s the SHRIMP? This VENUE is beautiful. Have you
  17. 10 LOOK FOR FOLKS WHO ARE ALONE THEY’LL BE HAPPY to have someone new to talk to.
  18. 1 1 ASK OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS “How’d you GET STARTED?” Not, “How long have you worked there?”
  19. 12 DON’T BE AFRAID TO OPEN UP JUST RELAX, tell stories, and be yourself.
  20. 3 1 TRY TO FIND COMMON INTERESTS “What PROJECTS are you involved in?” “What are you into OUTSIDE of work?” “Have you BEEN to these things before?”
  21. 14 USE A NON-AWKWARD CLOSER “IT’S BEEN SO GREAT chatting with you, but I have a few more people to connect with.”
  22. 5 1 GET EVERYONE’S BUSINESS CARDS JOT DOWN NOTES about the person, his or her interests, and your conversation.
  23. 16 FOLLOW UP WITHIN 48 HOURS WITH A FRIENDLY EMAIL mentioning something memorable from your conversation
  24. 17 STAY IN TOUCH On LINKEDIN or TWITTER at other EVENTS or by sending ARTICLES & RESOURCES
  25. 18 MAKE TIME TO CHECK IN WITH PEOPLE EVEN SCHEDULE IT on your calendar every week or month
  26. 19 GET EVEN MORE PRO TIPS AT THE MUSE Take our 7-day class, BECOME A NETWORKING MASTER at themuse.com/classes
  27. BROUGHT TO YOU BY themuse.com/classes

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