posted by Savanah on Jun 8
It all with who you know to get anywhere at all in the world. Networking is the key to success in all aspects of your life. Like they say, ‘Its not what you know, it’s who you know.’ Even if your definition of success is to be a millionaire, a musician or a movie star, all that is required is the help of other people. Creating a network of contacts, if you love people, can be intriguing and fun or if your people skills are lacking, can be intimidating and daunting. But, I’ve compiled a list that will get you on your networking way for both the aforementioned personality types.
Of course, first you must conquer your fears. Approaching strangers at some four star New York hotels or in some neighborhood coffee shops is not easy. You will feel awkward, but the more you do it, the more comfortable it becomes. When you initiate new contacts, always remember to be charming and delightful. Prepare a few opening statements or questions. They could be original or use the one’s you’ve always laughed at when you have been approached. Any to get the conversation going and moving forward in order to find common ground. The common ground can range from finding out you grew up in the same city or that you visited the same city, to liking the same movie director. The important thing to remember about finding common ground is you know have their attention.
This is where it can get tricky cause you don’t want to come off as a salesperson, but that’s exactly what you’re doing when networking, you are selling yourself and your talents. You need to gage if it’s the right time to promote yourself, if it isn’t, don’t worry or get upset. Stay relaxed and ask if they have a business card and let them know you really enjoyed their company and see if it’s okay to give them a call later to take them out to lunch or just for a cup of coffee at your favorite coffee shop. Hand them your business card and have a parting tag line. One they will remember, like, ‘Wow, I’m so glad we met, I really enjoyed your take on things’, or ‘I know you’ll have a great day, I can’t see you not having one’. Just make sure it’s upbeat.
Follow up, follow up, follow up. I would give it 2 to 3 days before you give them a call. If you done your initial first meeting correctly, you won’t have to remind them who you are, they will instantly remember you and will be delighted to meet you the next day for lunch or that cup-o-coffee. The opportunity to network will arise anytime and anywhere. There’s no set location, selling yourself can happen in public restrooms, yes public restrooms if you handle it right, athletic clubs, parties, on a plane headed to ……. . So be prepared at all times. After a while of practicing your techniques of networking, you will find that networking will become second nature.
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