One thing that I tell my clients when they struggle with attending networking events is not to expect to connect with everyone they meet. If they want to make the best out of a networking event, they need to set the goal of making valuable connections without expecting anything in return.
When planning to attend a networking event:
✔Set your expectations to meet a couple of people and get to know them.
✔Pay attention to one or two specific detail about the person
✔Follow up with them and mention what you remember about them.
If you mention something that you remember about them, they’ll know you were listening and will appreciate it. It’s about paying attention to details to start building that trust.
If you think networking is just for people who run their businesses, think again. All of us have a network of people we rely on and relate. We might use their services, get referrals from them and ask for assistance when seeking a job. I call this cross-pollinating.
It is vitally important that we build relationships with the people in our network so that we can obtain useful tips and advice. If you don’t nurture your network, you might find yourself without resources or references when you most need them.
So, expanding your network and building trust is a win-win situation. As you meet new people, you would want to continue that relationship-type to build a strong community.
Building a trustful community is essential to your success. To have a useful network, you must develop and nurture the relationships and focus on how you can help your network before you consider taking from it.
Givers get. You don’t just take from your network; you also give. The secret is the more you give, the more you will get back.