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7 Ways to Network More Effectively and Improve Your Prospects ...

By Rosalina

Networking is so important in all avenues of life and there are some ways to network more effectively and improve your prospects, which are guaranteed to help you in life. Whether you're looking to expand your business or find a job, the power of networking is never to be underestimated. Here are some ways to network which may help you in all areas of your life.

1 Talk

There are so many factors involved in networking and confidence is one of them. One of the best ways to network is, of course, to talk. This is easier for some people than it is for others but talking to people is essential and not just people you know. Be prepared to speak to people everywhere you go. At the store, the market, queues, events, EVERYWHERE. This is just one of the ways to network.

2 Listen

Whilst talking is important where networking is concerned, so is listening. It's all very well being a great talker who's selling themselves and their company or their product, but listening to what others do and what other people have to say is also important. When you ask people what they do for a living, listen with interest and don't just move onto the next person if you feel they will be of no value to you in the future because you never know, they might just be!

3 Stay in Touch

So, you've met a bunch of people but it doesn't end there. This is where the fun begins. You have to make the effort to stay in contact with people. This means inviting them to events and keeping them involved in some capacity. You don't want them to forget you and you don't want to be the person who only contacts someone when they're desperate or they want something.

4 Be Prepared

I know we live in a techno-centric world now but we haven't quite got to the stage where we can do away with the business cards. I quite like the old school way of handing out a business card to someone you meet. Keep them with you at all times so that you are ready to hand them out. After all, you never know who you're going to meet!

5 Improve Your Public Speaking

This links to confidence. Networking is all about confidence and public speaking is a skill which can be developed and perfected. Practice at home in front of the mirror and if you're brave enough, video yourself to look at ways you can improve your public speaking and body language.

6 In the Club

Join networking clubs and associations in your field and don't just join them, become actively involved and get your name out there. Networking involves a certain amount of effort as more often than not, life isn't going to fall into your lap unfortunately. But those people who are in your field will be able to help you expand and grow the way you want to.

7 Follow That Lead

Remember to follow up any leads that you make. It may seem minor and from the outset it might look as though it's not going to lead anywhere, but a lead is a lead and following it could lead to places you had never imagined, which is the beauty of networking!

These are just a few ways to network more effectively. Do you have any hints and tips for networking?

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