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
FIRST STEPS: WHO ARE YOU?
One of the first steps to take when developing your brand is to spend time reflecting upon who you are. What are your core values and what do you stand for? Sounds simple doesn’t it? Think of 3-4 words that describe who you are. Are you trustworthy? Do you value honesty above all else? Are you collaborative, creative or innovative and do you expect that from others? Is working on a team important to you? Do you have a good sense of humor? Spend some time to define who you are and what you stand for? When you identify your core values you control what you want your brand to say about you. If you’re really serious about determining your core values, Google co...