It is well known that one of the most important factors to your success is the ability to connect with others and grow your network. You must strive to surround yourself with greatness and, if possible, people who have already done what you are trying to do. This can be intimidating for some so here are 6 tips to help you relax and master networking!
1. Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable – Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Don’t allow your fears to inhibit you from interacting with others. An optimistic outlook on life attracts people, so go in with the attitude you’re going to have a good time meeting interesting people. You are merely having a no obligation conversation! To take the pressure off, focus the conversation on others and less on yourself. Be a listener.
If you never make the effort, you’ll cut yourself off from potential opportunities as well as deprive others of your unique gifts. Strive to be uncomfortable, uncomfortable equals growth.
2. Focus On Quality Of Connections Not Quantity
Carefully and purposefully select target connections you wish to make during a networking event. It is much better to spend more time with a few key connections then it is to spend just a little bit of time with many random connections. Connections are only meaningful if they last!
3. Practice And Prepare
As with everything in life, you will become more comfortable and better with preparation and practice. Before any event, plan your “personal pitch” and have a few conversation starters ready for use. Introduce yourself and start conversations with as many people as you can throughout your daily activities, this will prepare you to act naturally when your key connection target walks in.
4. Use Purposeful Body Language
Remember that words only contribute a very small portion to influence during a typical face to face interaction. Your body language is the most powerful tool you can use to make an almost instant connection with anyone. We recommend learning some NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) skills, they will prove to be priceless. Try to mirror the other person’s over all posture, gestures, eye contact level and expressions in a natural way.
We recommend two excellent books to get you started, “How To Make People Like You In 90 Seconds Or Less” and “Convince Them In 90 Seconds Or Less”. Both books are by Nicholas Boothman and they deliver super easy, to the point, useful information which you can begin to use immediately to improve your ability to connect with others.
5. Make An Effort To Use And Remember Names
As you may know, the most powerful word that anyone can hear is their own name. Surprisingly, very few people make a point to use names during a typical conversation. This is especially important which trying to build rapport during the initial stages of a new connection. Try to use the other person’s name naturally 3 times within the first few minutes of conversation. After the conversation is over, make it a habit of writing a person’s name down on paper with a visual note / anchor to help you link their name to an image which you can instantly recall later. During follow ups, always open with their name.
6. Keep It Simple And Enjoy Yourself
The most important thing to remember is that “networking” really isn’t that big of a deal. You are simply having conversations with interesting people. Relax, there are no obligations and if it doesn’t go as planned, there are billions of other connections out there waiting to be made. Just be yourself, be honest, and be sincere. Showing a genuine interest in others is all it really takes!
6 Tips To Relax And Master Networking – Entrepello
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