We all know networking on social media can be a great way to make connections. It’s easy, quick and appears on the surface to provide more opportunity to cast a wide net for professional connections. Networking in person, however can be an extremely effective strategy to establish a positive brand for yourself. Face-to-face networking can be challenging if you’re used to only networking through social media. Here's some quick tips to help when networking in person:
Develop a 20-30 second Elevator Speech
Remember the person’s name when you meet someone
Offer to help in some way
Give positive feedback to make the networking experience a positive one
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FIRST STEPS: WHO ARE YOU?
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