Meeting people is about quality and not quantity, do not spray your business cards everywhere or send out mindless LinkedIn requests – Networking is about meeting those of equal importance and how you can build a relationship going forward.
With two misdemeanours mentioned already straight off the bat, another discerning approach is the importance of keeping track of your network – failure to do so may see you lose out on a worthwhile connection with a business contact.
You must also be reliable – if you pledge to follow up or send something to someone, always do it within 24 hours of the promise – the early bird catches the worm and all that…
A Networking Top Tip
You didn’t think we were just going to focus on the negatives did you? Here at Nexus Networking we like to sprinkle the positivity around!
When you walk into a room, be aware of your unconscious bias and do not gravitate towards a person that looks like you – that is a safe option. Instead, find possible contacts by working your way around the room at networking events, you make unlock a few doors in the process!
The Right Way To Grow Your Network
While you may be physically establishing contact with fewer people when you limit the number of business cards or conversations you have at an event, there is a way to grow your network organically.
You can introduce any existing contacts you may know to new connections you have have only just met – this could work reciprocally in the future.
This is approach is effective because it is more likely to lead to warm relationships – and that means everyone can grow their networks, as well as growing your referral base at the same time.
The Nexus Networking Way
Nexus Networking Group brings together ideas and best practice, and our events include those exclusively for business leaders with shared aims and experiences. In addition to landmark presentations on issues such as diversity and productivity there are other various ways to connect and become involved throughout our Essex based meetings in Colchester, Chelmsford and Brentwood.
We’re best placed to help you become better in all areas of business. Whether it be meeting new contacts, improving your business or yourself personally.
If you’re not a member already, you could benefit from being a part of our Nexus groups for now and the future of your business.
If you want to find out more information in relation to all our services at Nexus Networking Group, please contact our email – firstname.lastname@example.org – alternatively, you can call Gavin on 07776 157 503.