NetWorks Sports Career Advice: 8 Quick Networking Tips

8 Quick Networking Tips for your next event

At parties, seminars, and other group meetings you attend whether you are employed or not, you’ll have opportunities to network with a number of people.  Here are a few basic tips for handling those occasions:

  • Start a conversation, go up to someone you don’t know and introduce yourself.

  • Collect as many business cards as you can comfortably carry.  Make sure you have enough of your own business cards to dispense as well.
  • Avoid too much talk.  Have a strategy for what you want to say & learn.
  • Don’t wait for someone to suggest what he or she can do for you; propose how you might help your new contact.
  • Don’t talk to one person too long.  If a conversation gets stale, end it gracefully.  If the conversation is productive, make an appointment for drinks or lunch and move on to another person.
  • Don’t spend time with people you already know; instead introduce them to your new contacts.
  • Set goals for yourself; during each networking event, try to meet a certain number of people.
  • Always begin and end conversations with a positive statement.

Everyone can be a great networker. Practice makes perfect, so make sure you make the most of any situation that presents itself.

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