Good day, beautiful people; how are you doing today?
Networking is a vital part of running a business and just meeting like-minded people in your community. You guys often ask me about meeting new people and tips I might have for networking, and I wanted to share a few tips I use. I will preface this by saying I don't by any means think I know everything the is to know about networking, and there is still so much I can learn, but I find that these tips work for me (if you have any tips of your own comment them below so we can all learn from them). Also, there is no right or wrong way to do this for the most part as long as you reach the desired goal.
1. The Arrival
Before you leave the house, make sure you feel good, like I mean really good. Walk to a mirror and check yourself out . . . me comfortable in all that fabulousness.
Now for the entrance, I am a strong believer in being a little fashionably late or what my mum would call running on African time. For me, getting there about 10 or even 15 minutes late eliminates the awkwardness of being the first person there.
On the other hand, my friend doesn't share the same sentiment; she says she prefers getting there early and getting an opportunity to scan the room and actually calms her down and helps her keep centred.
Regardless of whether, like me, you don't mind being that centre of attention and actually potentially using that as a conversation starter or you are like my friend who prefers being a bit more punctual, find what timing works for you and roll with that.
2. Conversation starter & Questions to ask
Bring something that is a conversation starter. You could have a statement piece like a bright coat or sparkly ring or a cute pair of shoes. Just have something out of the box that will get people to come to you, and you can start that conversation.
example: "woooow, these shoes are absolutely stunning."
. . . you say, "thank you so much (you can insert an interesting back story about the item.. but always be honest), by the way, my name is (insert name), and you are ?"