Offline networking is important. Whether you’re busy growing a new business or if you’re trying to get a new job, or simply just trying to add a few new friends, having a great network will help you accomplish anything you want faster!
Watch the video for my four top tips to improve your offline networking:
What do I mean by offline networking? I mean networking events that happen in person.
A great way to find some awesome networking events in your town is to go to Eventbrite and simply browse what is going on in your city. Once you’ve established some events to attend, you also want to make sure that you really get the most out of these networking events. I recently served on a panel for General Assembly, and we had some great takeaways that I’m going to be sharing with you today.
Four Ways to become an offline networking machine:
- Start viewing your connections as social capital. The founders of VentureFizz has coined this phrase. What they mean by that is, that your connections actually are worth something. Examples: I connected two of my friends a while ago, and together they grew a non-profit that has since helped a lot of other people, so it really created value in terms of money for others. I also recently met a woman at another networking event and we were discussing healthcare, and it turned out that she was paying about 10 times too much for her healthcare. All I did was put her in touch with my healthcare guy, and that then saved her money. So as you can see, there’s huge value in the connections that you already have.
- You want to view your networking a little bit like you’re going on a first date. So just like you wouldn’t walk into the room and immediately start to tell everybody everything about you, you’ll rather walk into a room and start asking less personal questions and get to know them better. So always make sure that you have a couple of questions in your back pocket that you can pull out whenever you’re feeling a little awkward in talking to people.
Make sure that you’re adding value. So instead of walking into a room and just going, “Me, me, me.” You want to make sure that you first also add value to the person that you’re talking too. Start thinking about the connections that you have within your network that you can put this person in contact with and how that will help them. Networking is a lot like karma, what you put out there is most likely also going to come back to you. The more positive connections you can put out there and the more value you can give to other people, the more value you’ll receive in return.
- Lastly, you definitely want to remember to follow up with people. I know of so many people that I’ve met at networking events that never bother to email me back. That’s a big no-no. When you don’t follow up immediately, that person will forget who you are within a few days. And just because they can’t help you at this moment doesn’t mean that they won’t be able to help you later.
That’s just a few ways to help you become a better networker! Also be sure to read my “Three mistakes to avoid while networking” and “Wanna make networking fun” for more tips to become a networking machine!
Now I’d love to hear from you:
What are your best networking tips? What’s your biggest obstacle when it comes to networking? Tell me below, and feel free to ask me your network-related questions too: