Opportunity is everywhere. The ability to create and be receptive to opportunity could be the difference in your success. Networking, or the art of schmoozing is key to any successful freelancer, start-up or salesman.
We’ve assembled some helpful tips to up your networking game.
Start before you need it
Seasoned campaigners can smell the stench of desperation a mile off. To avoid this, you should sow the seeds well before you reap the harvest. That way you come across as genuine rather than self-serving.
An obvious one, but some still ignore it. People are more likely to engage in your services if they like you. So ditch the routine and be yourself. People value authenticity over a killer pitch.
Always mention what you do
It pays to tell people what you do. If it doesn’t come up organically, you should always disclose your profession in any conversation you have with someone new. You’d be surprised where this could lead the conversation or what opportunities could arise from it.
Don’t burn any bridges
Co-workers eventually move on, generally to higher profile jobs so it is important to never-end relationships on a bad note. Being remembered in a good light bodes well for future opportunities.
‘The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity’ - Keith Ferrazzi
Never dismiss anyone
Make it your job to discover everyone’s value and don’t discount people based on their job titles. They may have a valuable connection or knowledge you’d never learn if you were dismissive.
Life is time-consuming. If you were expecting an email that hasn’t arrive yet, you should follow up. This action demonstrates initiative, which is always looked upon favourably and generally prompts a reply.