7 tips for better networking (#2 is our favorite)

Here are some of the simple tips I have followed successfully to grow my business through networking:

  1. Look for like-minded people to network with. A good rule of thumb is if you are starting a business, go where other business people meet. If you are looking for a new job, go where other job seekers meet.
  2. Have a good supply of professional-looking business cards that reflect your brand or personality. If you need them designed contact us!
  3. Don’t worry about whether people want to talk to you. They do! They are there for the same reason you are.
  4. To break into groups or twosomes listen first to the topic they are on so you can do it smoothly. But don’t avoid these opportunities to meet interesting people out of fear of interrupting.
  5. Give your card out at the first opening and be sure to get theirs.
  6. Scan the cards as soon you get home and make note on each one where you met the person. (You will forget otherwise!)
  7. Follow up! Call or email within a week or two (better yet, a day or two). The sooner the better. Reference a snippet of conversation you remember if possible. Mention the event or occasion at which you met. Ask to meet or get on a call with them in order to learn more about them.
Chamber of Commerce Logo
Here’s one place I sometimes network.

Let me know how this works for you and if you have other good tips for better networking!

Three Reasons to Learn Something New (Part 3)

In my last two posts I explained the first two reasons to learn something new:

1. It Opens Up New Opportunities
2. Helping Others Helps Us

So now on to reason number three:

3. We Can Make New Friends

When learning web design on my own, besides creating a website for myself to practice, I saw a chance to design one for a non-profit I was interested in. I offered and they gladly allowed me to do a whole new design and keep it updated for them, both really valuable experiences. While I was working with the group I made friends with one of the other volunteers there. She and I had the group in common but it grew from there when we realized other things we both enjoyed things like foreign films and travel. She became my main movie-going buddy and she also took a trip to San Francisco with me to see a friend I had out there when my husband wanted to stay home. The website was a success while the non-profit lasted and our friendship has outlived both!

Wildlife Rescue Groups' website

Design and development of a local wildlife rescue organizations’ website.

Have you thought of other good reasons to learn something new? If so, please talk about it in the comments. Whether it leads to new opportunities, ways to be more helpful or lasting friendships as it has in my case, or none of the above, you still have learned something new!