3 Reasons why you suck at networking
Some people say that the ability to network is in your blood, others say it’s something you can learn to do. One may be extrovert, the other introvert. However, in both cases there are some major mistakes that can easily be avoided, no matter which of the two types you are. Hunters, Wallflowers and Social Butterflies, pay attention!
You’re not listening to what people have to say
It can be difficult: You want to get a message across in only a limited amount of time. And it’s not only you. Everybody who’s attending the event wants to talk about their own business and get as much traction as possible. Use this to your advantage. Stop talking, start listening. See what opportunities are there for you to support others in their business, and it will come right back to you in a positive way.
You forget about the relationship
Networking is not necessarily about selling, it’s about creating partnerships. Never forget the reciprocal element! Difficult to see? Treat networking like dating: Before you decide to ‘get together’, you need to build some rapport. This will not only make it easier to collaborate with the other party, the other party will also become your signpost; recommending you to other potential partners.until today (17/10),
You come unprepared
Here it is again: Do not underestimate the power of preparation. It can be your most powerful weapon. Know who’s going to be there and what you would like to achieve – it’s essential for a fruitful networking event. Lay out a small plan of action and get what you came for. Be a true hunter: Set a target and go for it!
Curious for more? Read our previous blog: 3 Reasons Why Your Job Interview Fails.
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