LinkedIn’s top tips for networking

  1. It’s not all about face time:If you’re nervous about one-on-one networking, head online first. Industry forums, social networks, and even emails are great first steps on the road to a useful contact.
  2. Take it one step at a time:Rome wasn’t built in a day and you won’t amass a huge network of contacts overnight. We’ve found that just nine minutes a day is all it takes to make a big impact on the size and quality of your LinkedIn network.
  3. Do your research:The internet is a mine of information, and finding you have something in common with people you’re about to meet is gold dust. A quick online search can tell you that you went to the same university or have a connection in common.
  4. Help them to help you:In the world of networking, it’s as important to be found as to find others. Having an up-to-date LinkedIn profile that includes a picture makes you much more likely to be approached by new connections.
  5. Be prepared: A networker’s worst nightmare is the awkward silence. Jot down a few conversation starters so you have something to fall back on if you run out of things to say.
  6. End as you mean to go on:You may only have one chance to make a good first impression, but you can undo all your good work if you make a bad exit. Say a proper “goodbye” and follow up the next day to make sure your new contact remembers you for the right reasons.

 

Takeaways:

  • Create and participate in relevant LinkedIn groups.
  • Think about how you are perceived.
  • Create high impact and memorable brand statements.
  • Make networking part of your daily routine.
  • Use these great tips to have more of a presence when networking and to create a powerful impact for yourself and to impress others, girl power!

 

This appeared in OhioFBE – May 1, 2017

 

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