This week I’m giving you three communications tips on how to network better. Many of you go to networking events, and most don’t enjoy the experience. It’s typically after work, you’re tired, and it just feels forced. But that attitude isn’t going to help you land a job or make an important connection.
For starters, be positive and proud. You may not be in the best position job wise, but nobody likes talking to someone who’s complaining about work and throwing a pity party. It’s tough to listen to all that negativity. So talk yourself up. Focus on all the positive and cool and wonderful things about you. Those things make you unique and interesting!
Two, call the person you’re talking to by their name and look them in the eye. Those moves project confidence and positive energy. And people like to hear their own name.
And three, listen more than you talk. Somebody once told me you have two ears and one mouth so you should listen twice as much as you speak. I agree! Just by listening you’ll learn valuable insight that can help you get that job or make that connection. And the person you’re chatting with might love talking about his or herself, so you’ll gain favor just by letting them gab. Plus, it takes the pressure off of you. That said, ask engaging following up questions and interject when appropriate.
For more networking tips and strategies feel free to contact me and we can set up a free consultation.
In the meantime, get out there and network! And have a great day.