General Networking Tips
- Rehearse how you introduce yourself. It should not be too wordy.
- Write down your first and last name
- Write down your title
- Write down your company’s name
- Write down five things your company does/sells
- Select the one item your company does best or most often from the five things listed above, or summarize the list into one category
- Write down how what you do or sell helps others (prospects)
- Put it all together
- Evaluate your introduction:
– Does it tell people who I am? Does it tell people what I do?
– Does it tell people how I can help? Does it “WOW” people?
At an In-Person Event:
- Wear your name badge on your RIGHT side, just below your shoulder, so that people can see your name when you shake hands with them.
- Carry business cards in one pocket. If you have two pockets, keep the cards you collect in the other one.
- Have a pen handy just in case you need to make notes on the back of a person’s business card.
- Don’t approach two people who are talking. Approach someone standing alone or a larger group instead.
- When it’s time to move on, you can say, “It was a pleasure to meet you.” Shake hands. This will help you to move on to your next guest.
At a Virtual/Online Event:
- Test your microphone or headset before the event begins. You don’t want to be “that person” who has technical issues and appears out-of-touch.
- Consider using a virtual background with your company logo or branding. This will help others remember the name of your business.
- Remember to mute your microphone if you are not speaking. It’s more considerate to the others in the meeting.
- Use the “Chat” tool on virtual meeting platforms as a way to share your LinkedIn page and/or Social profiles with the group so you can connect.