August 5, 2015

By: Zack Miller, DKI Ventures, LLC

Networking is something that people can’t live with or without. Whether you hate it or love it, it is always important to make new connections in the business world. Many experts advise you to do so EVERY WEEK because of how much it can benefit you in the end. Not only does networking make you more of an expert at your job, it can also help you land a new job if need be.

We all know how important it is, but the real question is how do we do it? Below are 5 tips to help both introverts and extroverts become networking experts.

  1. Plan ahead of time

Many people have trouble coming up with what to say on the spot. One simple solution is to write down some conversation starters beforehand. Practice really does make perfect, and the more prepared you are, the better you’ll be at the next networking event.

  1. Share personal stories

Even though you may be meeting people at a business-like event, it is still important to be yourself. People will want to talk to you more if they are able to relate to you in some way. Sharing a personal story related to the topic of discussion is always a plus.

  1. Set goals for yourself

Going into a business event with the intent to talk to at least 5 new people is always a good goal. Keeping that goal in mind will make you feel like the event was a success. Just remember not to set your goals too high or you may stress yourself out!

  1. Walk around the room- Don’t stick to one person

Sometimes when you meet someone that you hit it off with, you will want to continue talking to them for as long as possible. It is important to develop a relationship with those that you meet, but do not spend the entire time conversing with one person. Events are meant to get your name out to a variety of people that could better your career in the long run. Sticking to one person prevents you from doing so.

  1. Do not go with friends

Having someone you know by your side can help calm your nerves, but it can also prevent you from socializing. Use your time wisely and meet as many people as you can. If you go into a conversation with no one by your side it can make others feel more comfortable.

Follow these tips and you will be a networking pro in no time!