Become Better at Networking

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The average LinkedIn user has just under 500 connections, so they will likely find job leads and new business opportunities through this networking site. But your network may not be as robust, and if it is, the quality of those relationships might not be what you need to push yourself toward success.

Before making quality connections, you need to know how to network effectively. This article will give you networking tips to build lasting relationships and career success. Keep reading for the blueprint to becoming a better networker.

Go to as Many Networking Events as You Can

It’s important that you attend as many networking events as possible. Networking is an active process, and the more events you attend, the better your chances are of meeting people with whom you can build relationships.

Your goal should be to gain insight from individuals working in different fields. This will help you build a more well-rounded network.

Don’t underestimate the importance of networking. Attendees at these events may very well become future business partners or clients.

Practice Active Listening

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It’s a commonly held belief that listening is a skill you either have or don’t have. But it turns out that listening can be learned and practiced.

An active listener listens to what the speaker says and tries to understand why they’re saying it. Active listening helps you focus on the speaker so that you can better communicate with them and build rapport.

Active listening can help build trust between two individuals when used in networking situations. It shows that you’re interested in them as more than just a business contact.

Remember to Follow Up

When a networking event ends, follow up with each person you’ve spoken to. A quick thank you email reminding them of their conversation with you is a great way to show that you’re interested in keeping the relationship going. This will also help ensure you don’t forget and lose track of your new contacts.

Keep in Touch

Remember that networking is about building relationships, not making connections, for the purpose of getting something from someone else.

If you want to be good at networking and make sure your connections are lasting and meaningful, keep in touch with the people you meet. This can mean connecting with them on social media or sending them an email or text message occasionally to check in on how they’re doing.

Practice These Networking Tips at an Upcoming Conference

In today’s business world, these networking tips are a must-have for any professional. If you want to get ahead in your career, it’s important to make connections with people who can help you.

Of course, you’ll need to practice these tips so they become second nature. And our upcoming conference provides a perfect opportunity. You’ll have a chance to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people!

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