Learned a lot from Mikey Rox’s article in the Christian Science
Monitor on Networking. While it is true this blog has carried
the topic of Tips for Networking several times but the ten items
in this article said something to me…
- Go it alone. This is a mature adult behavior that expresses
confidence. When attending an event with others, we reconnect
often, engage in pre-formed connections [dependencies] and
have attachments with the person or people we are with.
- Be a friend to someone new and or younger. Share and do not
seek your interests too soon.
- “Sweat-working” is working out, engaging in an activity sport,
team or otherwise and creating a bond and common ground in
other areas, like working out, basketball or exercise.
- Wear something that people will notice and or comment
on. It could be an alumni shirt, jewelry, or colors, or an interesting
shirt. But make it professional looking, or else the attention
you are expressing you want may not be in your advantage.
I recall attending a professional session at a university and one
student was wearing a Chewbaka image shirt.
- Sit at or near a bar. In the current age, it is a signal that
you are willing to switch it up a bit.
– “Pre-networking” which is when you share that you will
be attending an event and looking to meet others.
- Follow up after meeting with LinkedIn invitations, thank
you notes or continuing the conversation.
There are a few more ideas of note in her article.