7 Tips for Effective Networking

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7 Tips for Effective Networking
« on: 10-11-2011, 10:42:29 »
Start Networking When You Don’t Need To
Most people start networking when they need something. This is the worst time because you’ll tend to ask people for things, and networking is all about giving, not asking. If you don’t “need” more connections now, start working on getting some!

Use Social Media to Learn More About Your Connections
Last week I met with a prospect. Before meeting with her, I did a little research and she had posted to Twitter that her daughter was sick. When we met, I asked her if her daughter was feeling better. This only works if you really care; don’t try to fake interest. Before talking to someone, check their Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles. Have you found photos of their last vacations, a blog post they shared or a video they liked? All those things will give you topics to talk about.

When Possible, Get Introduced by a Common Connection
In his book Never Eat Alone, Keith Ferrazzi talks about “warm calls” and explains why they’re so much better than cold calls. Basically, in a warm call, you ask someone you know to introduce you to the person you want to meet. Both Facebook and LinkedIn show you the connections that you and someone else have in common. Ask these people to introduce you to the person you want to network with. Who Follows Whom is a Twitter tool that shows you the followers that you and someone else have in common. I use it all the time.

Use the “Six Degrees of Separation” Concept to Your Advantage
This concept says that you and any other person in the world are separated by no more than six connections. For example, let’s say you want to connect with Mick Jagger. You email all your friends and ask them who’s a Rolling Stones fan. You find a few fans and you ask them if they are active members of a fan club. Two of them are. You ask them to introduce you to the president of the fan club, who happens to be in touch with the agent who represents Mick Jagger and she can connect him and you.

Of course, you need to give these people a very good reason to connect you with the next link in the chain, but assuming you do have a great reason, approaching Mick Jagger this way is a lot more effective than writing him a letter out of the blue.

Follow Up After the Initial Contact
Right after you meet someone, email or call them with your contact information again and thank them for meeting with you. At most networking events, people meet a lot of new people so this is a great way of being remembered.

Talk to Strangers
As human beings, we always do a lot of profiling. We decide whether a person will help us or not even before talking to them. The truth is that most of my valuable contacts were people I never thought I could work with and I never really connected with some folks who seemed like the perfect match. Keep your mind open and don’t discard opportunities too soon.

Use the Internet to Find Networking Opportunities
There are three website I constantly use to meet people wherever I go:

    MeetUp. The largest in-person networking site in the world.
    Eventful. Find a list of networking events in your area or post your own.
    MeetingWave. One of my favorite in-person networking communities on the web.


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Re: 7 Tips for Effective Networking
« Reply #1 on: 11-05-2011, 01:46:04 »
hello friend.
your 7 effective tips is to good for networking. i think you have very good knowledge about networking..well
thanks lot.
 

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Re: 7 Tips for Effective Networking
« Reply #2 on: 11-08-2011, 21:52:20 »
Social network is all about connecting with the people , share the information and to follow each other for getting more. So for getting the success with the social network , contact and follow such people that are related to the market and has some meaningful information to share. And you have to share the fresh and new thing all time to attract many people to get more visitor and success. And the most important thing is to be instant responder and to be continuous in the discussion.
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Re: 7 Tips for Effective Networking
« Reply #3 on: 11-25-2011, 08:34:51 »
thanks for the tips!

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Re: 7 Tips for Effective Networking
« Reply #4 on: 02-27-2012, 03:57:56 »
Social Networking is very important to make connectivity between people.  Social network is very usefull technique to all about connecting with the people ,most important thing is to be instant responder and to be continuous in the discussion. contact and follow such people that are related to the market and has some meaningful information to share.Using this technique you never feel alone . Share the information and to follow each other for getting more. So for getting the success with the social network , you have to share the fresh and new thing all time to attract many people to get more visitor and success.
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Re: 7 Tips for Effective Networking
« Reply #5 on: 04-03-2012, 05:23:42 »
I think the networking benefits are the single greatest feature of social media. Too often I read where information in media is used negatively towards a person. Thanks for highlighting the positive aspects of using media to better understand the other person and to build a better relationship. Nice post.
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Re: 7 Tips for Effective Networking
« Reply #6 on: 04-07-2012, 01:29:14 »
Thanks for sharing these information.i think social media networking sites are very good way to connecting the people with each other.we can communicate with each other and follow each other.social media is very good way to promoting our website in search engine.

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Re: 7 Tips for Effective Networking
« Reply #7 on: 05-17-2012, 10:09:48 »
Take some time to sit down and come up with a list of churches or organizations that are leading the way in your area, and then try to get together with the people heading them up. Offer to buy coffee or lunch, and then pick your brain.

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Re: 7 Tips for Effective Networking
« Reply #8 on: 06-13-2012, 01:00:53 »
Zeke can you define this term Use the “Six Degrees of Separation” Concept to Your Advantage" ?


 

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