Networking is an integral part in developing a successful career and/or a successful business. Networking basically creates word-of-mouth referrals instantly, but only if you make a good first impression! Other entrepreneurs will never put their reputation on the line to recommend someone they don’t totally believe in so you have to come to the table prepared and ready to put your best foot forward. Knowing and showing proper etiquette skills will set you apart from everyone else.
Timing is everything – Sometimes it’s ok to be “fashionably late” to some events, but that doesn’t always go for networking meetings. It’s always best to show up promptly on time rather than a little late, especially if you are unsure of the format of the meeting.
Know and display proper introduction etiquette – If you need a refresher course in introductions you can scroll threw some of my previous “Terrible Tuesday” posts. I recently posted a refresher course!
Don’t overdo it on the business card handouts – There is a right time to hand out your business card. Don’t give one to EVERY person you meet. The only exception is if they all ask you for your business card. Otherwise, choose who you exchange with carefully.
Continue your manners after the networking event – In other words, don’t start bugging those you connected with. One note, phone call, or email is sufficient until there is a need for more.
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