Networking events can sometimes be an awkward affair, depending on how prepared you are to mix and mingle. While networking might be an incredibly difficult thing for some people to do, there’s no denying the opportunities that it can offer. Below, we’ve listed five tips on how to make the most out of your time at networking events.
1. Introduce yourself with confidence
It’s really easy to engage with a person who is confident about themselves. Most people face some level of anxiety when meeting new people, but self-confidence can go a long way in making those connections. Practice your introduction to nail that confident tone and workshop your handshake with a trusted colleague. Maintain eye contact, speak clearly and smile. Remember, first impressions count.
2. Make each connection genuine
Genuine connections are priceless, so it’s important to leave your ego at the door and make people interested in what you have to say. Ask questions about the other person’s contact centre and their role in the industry. Once that connection is made, the potential business opportunities will come.
3. Learn to help each new connection
Don’t forget, networking is a two-way street. Ask genuine, authentic questions about their company and their contact centre. If you can compare strategies and practices, the other party is likely to benefit from the conversation as well. Even if you don’t know the answer to the questions or the problems they have, you could introduce them to someone who does.
4. Listen when you join a conversation
If you find yourself in the situation of entering a conversation mid-way, take a moment to listen to what is being discussed; gain some context before expressing your thoughts. Demonstrating your listening skills and attentiveness to the conversation is an effective way to make a positive impression.
5. Follow up with your connections
After the event is over, take the time to follow up on the connections you made. Send them a brief email and connect with them on LinkedIn. Relationships improve over time, so it’s important to get started as soon as possible.
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