Networking and The art of “working the room” Most of us have heard the saying, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” Networking is the new trend toward making connections.
Networking— not in its particulars (no spoilers!), but as a phenomenon in the trend toward making connections. I whole heartedly agree that strong relationships make a huge difference to the speed and satisfaction of your success. Attending live events is a fantastic way to build your network and make connections.
Does this sound familiar: going out and talking only to your friends? But isn’t meeting people part of the fun? Play it right and the “Networking” possibilities are endless! Although a girl needs to be discriminating about which events she chooses to go to.
The more you study and celebrate the differences in people, the easier it is to understand and accept people who are unlike you.
The fact is some people are more comfortable than others in social networking settings, and some people are so good at networking, that they actually do have it down to a science. Now, don’t let anxiety get in your way. Go and be the girl everyone wants to talk to, but before you go Do some homework, seriously? Yes!
Find the right event.
Make the Most Out of Attending an Event
Determine the networking goal beforehand, such as who do you want to meet. This maximizes the time spent at the event to get the most out of it.
Before attending the event, obtain the guest list if possible. This can be accomplished by asking the event coordinator, if the guest list is available?
First Impression Never Disappoint With Your Fashion
Most people will judge you within the first second of meeting you and their opinion will most likely never change. Making a good first impression is incredibly important, because you only get one shot at it.
A lot of prep and expense go into being me. Let me explain. I am a rare and precious creature. So it doesn’t serve me to look just okay.
Put yourself together,think about your ornaments. Clothes, make-up, jewelry, watches and shoes are all types of ornamentation and people definitely take these into account when making initial judgments. I highly recommend getting some of your favorite outfits or ornaments together and asking your pretty girlfriends, the one’s you trust what they think of when they see them. Your girlfriends will inspire you to keep refining your look. For many men, they do not realize that their watch can say a lot about them. For women, purses and large earrings or jewelry can also indicate a lot to a new person they are meeting.
Make yourself interesting never be afraid to strut your stuff
Walk through the door tall and confident,(I must say, my favorite moment in this entire discussion is this part) take a second to make your presence known. Find the VIPs and the well-connected in your circle. Make it your goal to become known to them and spend time sharing news and ideas with them. Exchange numbers and business cards.
The key is to be as casual as possible. People do not like to be targeted. It is perfectly appropriate to introduce yourself to someone you don’t know, just Learn how to introduce yourself properly and how to greet people. You can connect with a brief elevator speech that reveals something about yourself. That’s when I get to be creative…. People want to be made to feel special, and good introduction skills are the best place to start working on this. Always show people you’re listening attentively to them, use their name frequently to show you value them as an equal and remember the small details to ask them about next time you meet. You can sure as hell bet They’ll be lapping you up. You must have a sort of Personal Confidence. which means you know how to act in any situation, Contrary to popular belief, it is not essential to have a wide vocab or have lots of experiences. A good conversationalist is not to be a naturally a chatty person either. People love to talk about themselves, they’ll love you for letting them
Be aware of your body language
Body language is a crucial part of first impressions. Shy women often unintentionally come across as cold all due to the simple fact that their body language is transmitting “keep away” signals. I couldn’t fathom where one would make such an assumption…Although, the whole hand-on-hip thing is getting a bit old. Anyway, it’s kind of exhausting standing in Jimmy Choos. To avoid this, “hold a drink in your hand to keep you from crossing your arms
Avoid getting intimately involved with a string of anybodies. Anybody can have anybody. You’re not anybody and nobody should be left in doubt about your virtues. Be socially available and friendly with everyone without being intimately available.
Make eye contact, whether mid-convo or across the room.
Be kind to the bartenders, party/event hosts and others in charge. Not only will these people be responsible for preparing your fancy cocktails and letting you into the venue, in dire need they’ll be good allies with helping you meet more people and stay in touch with the “people who matter.”
The bar is prime meeting location everyone’s got to hit it up- so take your time getting refreshed Cocktails do seem to make life more tolerable, wouldn’t you agree? Know how to hold your booze, as you can well imagine, A social drink is fine; a social drunk is not. Being a party girl is not
Dying to leave a boring convo? Excuse yourself and head to the bathroom. Don’t stay frozen in one spot, move around the room
Leave with grace so that everyone feels special and sense the loss when you’ve gone. Be sure to say goodbye to everyone you’ve spent time with and for your new contacts, exchange details before heading off. Mention little details about people you’ve just met, so that they know you really took an interest in them individually; they’ll remember that.
Head home. Don’t overdo the partying. A girl needs her beauty sleep to be refreshed for the rest of her life––and the next event. As with all good things, they come to end and part of the trick of being a successful girl is knowing when to call it quits and find rejuvenation time. There will always be another event.
Okay, your turn! I’d really love your input on networking.
What’s your favorite networking or conversation-starting question? Leave a comment below and share your secrets and insights.