Though we are all aware of the importance of networking, engaging perfect strangers in conversation can be difficult for even the most experienced people. We recently published a blog on how Sales Rep, Brian Goul, effectively leads a small networking group that many of you found helpful. Today we wanted to share a few more networking tips from our sales team that might help you in your networking ventures.
Get in The Right Mindset
Before you go into any networking event it is important to prepare your mind to be open, approachable and willing to help others. Setting your mind right will help you to feel more comfortable and build better relationships with people that could turn into sales in the future.
In addition to setting your mind right, it is important to do a little bit of mental prep work before you go to a networking event. Be intentional about thinking through current events, entertaining personal stories and a coming up with a go-to conversation booster story for awkward lulls in the conversation. This can be done in the car on the way to the event. Your efforts will pay off!
Take The Initiative
Make it your goal to approach five new people at every event. If you see someone standing across the room that you would like to speak with, you should be the one to walk up to them and start a conversation!
You could even go a step further in taking the initiative by starting your own event. One of our Sales Reps, Brian Goul, started a small networking event at our office that meets every other week. You could do the same!
Try New Things
When someone asks you to meet for coffee or lunch, suggest a painting class you’ve been wanting to take instead! If you crave time to unwind and do something for yourself, it’s likely that other professionals will feel the same.
Studies show that most people communicate better when they are doing something together. By inviting another person to do something relaxing and fun with you, you are breaking down barriers that will help people to open up and feel comfortable around you. On top of that, you will be remembered and perceived as fun and engaging.
We hope you enjoyed these three networking tips. Please comment and share your own networking tips below and do not hesitate to reach out to a technology specialist about your communication needs or connecting with Unified.