If there’s one thing that could lead to a possible job opportunity, it’s networking! Building up a network of peers and potential clients is incredibly important for the success of a freelancer or a new business. Here are some tips to ensure you’re getting the most out of your networking opportunities.
Think quality over quantity
One thing I’ve always struggled with at networking events is the feeling of FOMO I get when I’m not making a concerted effort to meet as many people as possible. It’s important to remember though that it’s not about how many people you mingle with, rather the quality of connections you’re making.
Do your homework
You can get more out of a networking event if you go in with an idea of who you want to connect with. Looking at the list of attendees and searching them on LinkedIn and looking at their company website will let you know if you have mutual connections or if they might be someone in need of your services.
Don’t just network – be a connector
Connecting is an approach to networking. Networking is the act of going out and meeting people and building relationships, but being a connector is what happened afterwards. It’s important to build and maintain relationships if you are planning on making long-lasting connections. In addition to meeting people, however, you can also up your game by connecting the person with other valuable relationships.
By building a reputation as someone who can help others succeed, you enrich your professional (and personal) life.
How do you make the most out of networking events? Let us know by leaving a comment below!