How to network, networking

Isn’t it time to start networking?

You ordered those business cards with all of the greatest intentions, but now they are sitting on a shelf collecting dust. Isn’t it time to do something with them? Shouldn’t you put them to better use

And by better use, I don’t mean:

  • Putting them in the spokes of your bike to make that “realistic engine sound” that you loved so much as a kid.
  • Building a house of business cards.
  • Throwing them like ninja death stars.

Why not use your business cards for the reason they were intended? Why not get out there and start networking?

What Do I Say?

I’ll admit that networking can be a little intimidating, but don’t let that stop you. Get in there and show them that you know your stuff. When I see someone standing at a networking event, usually playing with their phone, I walk up to them and say, “It looks like you need someone to talk to.” That usually prompts a smile or a slight chuckle, but it breaks the ice and we begin to talk. Yes, it is that easy.

How Do I Start Networking?

You can find networking events by check out:

  • – There are many networking groups within LinkedIn. After all, LinkedIn is a business networking site, so what a better place to network.
  • – Check them out for local networking events in your area.
  • – If you live close to one of the major U.S. cities, go check out their website. My first networking event was at a Network After Work event in Milwaukee.
  • While you are at the networking event, ask others if there are any other events in your area.

You’ve passed out your business cards to all of your friends and family. Now you need something else to do with them. Why not use them for the reason they were intended? Check out LinkedIn, MeetUp, or NetworkAfterWork to find a networking event in your area and start networking. It’s not as bad as you think. 

Walk into the event and look around. The first person you see just standing there, walk up to them and say, “It looks like you need someone to talk to.” It is that easy!

Make it a goal to attend one networking event within the next six months better yet, better yet, make it three months. I know you can do it!!

Be sure to find me on Twitter or on LinkedIn.

To your networking success!!