Become a better Networker

21 Oct, 2022

Become a better Networker

There are many skills that are important to have as an entrepreneur, with one of the most vital ones being good networking skills. Networking is an excellent way to meet new people and build lasting connections while exchanging ideas and opinions in a professional setting.‍

Relax and get rid of the pressure

Even though a little nervousness is healthy and completely normal, too much of it will ruin every networking opportunity you will get. It is very important to let go of any pre-existing pressure when networking and engaging in conversation with new people. Enter every conversation with an open mind and try to always have a genuine curiosity for the people you are going to meet and what they are going to say.‍

Pay close attention to the small things

To really get to know the person you are talking to, it's important that you pay close detail to what they are talking about. By remembering certain things that they are telling you about themselves or their home, family and interests you will get to know them better. That information might come in handy when you two connect again or are communicating digitally.‍

Network with your current contacts first

Before heading out to network with new contacts, have a look around you. Networking doesn't always have to mean that you need to approach new people. Most of us already have people around us, maybe someone at work or an individual who is part of a larger friend group, that we do not know very well. By talking to those people, who are new acquaintances but not completely new, you have a great opportunity to practice conversation.‍

LinkedIn is your new best friend

LinkedIn is the ultimate tool for building new contacts and staying in contact with them. Keep your profile up to date and connect with the new people that you want to stay in contact with. It is not only a great way to stay in touch, but it also keeps you in the loop on what projects they are currently working on.