Wednesday, April 5, 2023

How to Become a Power Networker: Fifth of Six Parts

After the party is over is when the real work begins. Networking is not just about warm smiles, pressing flesh, and having fun. It’s about establishing symbiotic relationships. You can’t establish relationships if you don’t take the next step.

Follow up and follow through. After you meet someone, follow-up with an email or handwritten note. If you have ever received a handwritten note, you know how terrific it feels. It makes a lasting impression. Writing thank-you notes is an art that has gone by the wayside in the era of sloppily constructed e-mail and fast food lunch. Be sure to write thank you notes to those who go out of their way to help you. It takes so little time and is really appreciated by the receiver.

Receive a referral? Send a thank-you note or send a gift. Tell someone you are going to call or e-mail them? Don’t let time get away from you. Do it right away. Stay in touch with old friends and new acquaintances to build relationships through which you can help others and reap benefits yourself. Making an initial contact means nothing if you don’t move ahead to establish a relationship that is mutually beneficial.

Behave in ways that are consistent with networking ethics. Treat others the way you like to be treated. Be open-minded. Keep promises. Never make anyone feel small when they ask for or receive help from you. Give to others without counting the times. Thank others warmly when they help you. When you make a habit of smiling and extending a helping hand, you’ll always feel good about yourself and be spreading a great deal of joy.

Maintain a networking database. Your list of contacts should be filled with a record for each person you know. If you make notes after meetings while your memory is still fresh you can include all sorts of helpful information in the record which will be a boon to refer to in the future. Set aside some time every week to maintain regular contact with people. Keep yourself uppermost in their mind. They may have opportunities to send business your way.

Leverage networking by volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to meet people. If you are struggling with shyness, volunteer to help with registration or other meeting tasks. It gives you a built in reason to talk with others. Consider volunteering for charitable or philanthropic causes that are close to your heart. Support them in your community by working on committees and volunteering for events. Chances are good you will find yourself on a nonprofit board in no time. Not only will you be making a difference, you will be catapulting yourself to a new level of networking that has the potential to open doors and drive business. #networking #powernetworking

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