Are you networking effectively?

By Alaya Boykin

We all have been told about the power of networking, but have we really been taught how to network effectively?

About three weeks ago, I attended a conference with Reid Dugger Consulting Group as the facilitators. Wrise D. Booker was the presenter, and she gave tips on networking effectively.

Effective networking is not about scheming, putting on facades or being pushy. When you meet a professional, it’s good to take the approach of what you can do for them and not what they can do for you.

People respond to compliments and praise, especially when it’s apparent that you’re thoroughly familiar with their work.

After grasping their attention by not talking about yourself at first, make the transition into your introduction.

LinkedIn and e-mail are great ways to network. Contact professionals right after you meet them while the connection is still fresh.

Keep in touch throughout the year, not just when you need something. Effective networking is all about building lasting relationships.

Do you agree with these tips? If so, how have they helped you as a professional? What networking techniques would you use in addition to these suggestions?

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August 3rd, 2010
2:11 pm

these tips definitely work! people never expect you to offer them anything. especially if you’re networking with people who have more prestigious positions than yourself.

great topic btw!