“If you're not networking, you're not working.” – Denis Waitley
Networking is a necessary component of building your business and it’s the quickest way to forge relationships within the industry. Why is it important to network in-person?
- It’s easier to build lasting relationships face-to-face.
- It’s a great way to build your reputation – you’ll be seen and known as consistent if you regularly appear at the same events.
- It’s a great way to reconnect with people you already know and meet people you don’t know.
- It’s a good place to practice your elevator pitch.
- Strong relationships start with shared experiences.
- People are more relaxed and have their guard down.
- Others are there to network, too… so you’ll never have reason to feel that you’re “bugging them.”
How do you master the art of networking?
- Network as often as possible.
- Don’t think of networking events as boring.
- Be willing to dedicate the time to mastering in-person networking skills.
- Get a plan together – determine when and where.
- Master your elevator pitch.
- Prepare ahead of time.
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