7 Networking Tips
People are your mirror
If you are unsure about your purpose in life, meeting new people will expose what you are or aren't capable of. By allowing yourself to create new experiences you will be able to discover what you are truly passionate about.
Be the initiator
It's easy to get caught up in our own world and always spend time with the people we know. Whenever I spot someone on social media I feel I would mesh well with, I reach out to them! When I attend events I make it a goal to meet at least one new person and exchange contact information.
Ask about them
When meeting someone for the first time, ask basic questions to get to know them such as "what do you do?", "how long have you lived here?", "what are you passionate about?"...it will also take the pressure off of you and break the ice.
Have a clear vision and understanding of what you do and who you are. This will reflect confidence and also provide the other person with some insight on the best level to connect with you. Invest in the best representation of yourself with business cards. Tip: have yourself as a contact on your phone which you can easily share with someone.
If you don't have social anxiety, most likely after a networking event you will. I have realized that although networking events are greatly effective, it may be difficult to genuinely connect because in a way you are being "forced" to. I have made some of the best connections with people in casual settings and when I least expect it. Never dismiss anyone as unimportant and view every person you meet as a contact, the same way you add them into your phone.
Sow a seed
It's always better to give then receive. Networking is like relationships, you give a little and you take a little. Think of ways you can support others such as sharing someones work on social media, telling someone about them, helping them on a project, or even inspiring them to reach their purpose.
Sometimes meeting people can be tricky because you don't know for what purpose God has placed them in your path, whether professionally or personally. Your safest bet is to always be authentic yet professional. Be genuine when connecting with people, not because you need something from them but because they add value to your life.