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1. Look for networking opportunities everywhere, whether you’re at a trade show, conference, meetup, or even chatting with someone on your commute. You need to make the most of every opportunity because you never know who you might meet! A smile and a hello is all it takes to get the conversation started.
2. Attend PWCC events! Our luncheons are much more than "business card swaps.” They are designed to enable everyone at the table to interact and connect with each other, both on a personal and professional level. You’ll be able to meet potential clients, colleagues, employers, customers, friends, and associates each month. Our format makes networking with new professional peers as easy as lunching with close friends. After attending just a few events, you will be surprised at how many people begin to recognize you and you them.
3. Your goal is to create awareness of your brand and your existence. Try to follow up in a timely fashion, usually within a few days to a week of the event. It will help keep you top of mind of your potential clients or business partners. Don’t worry though if you have waited too long, it is still OK to invite someone to connect, sending them a note saying, “It’s been a while since we met, I am hoping we can re-connect and say hello at the next meeting.”
4. Cultivate a genuine interest in seeing others succeed and help them do it! Introduce people to each other. Anytime you have a chance to introduce people who can benefit from knowing each other do so. Sending a quick email introduction is a great habit to get into.
5. Go the extra mile about how your businesses or connection can be mutually beneficial when you do reach out to someone. Take the time to research and understand what his or her company does, if you don’t know already. You can also research your contacts businesses and follow them on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, when you do, the owner may follow you back.
Get your networking back on track, starting now! Take notes on every business card you collect, look at your stack of cards within a week, and make some connections!
This article was originally published on the PWCC blog on February 1, 2017.
Debbie Story, Corporate Identity, Inc. As a promotional products professional, my goal is to assist companies to optimize their branding through consistent use of their logo on branded promotional products.
Professional Women's Club of Chicago, PWCC is a Chicago based networking organization that provides networking connections that support, enrich and inspire women to advance professionally and personally. Members come from public and private sectors, multi-billion dollar corporations, mid-size and small businesses, as well as, non-profit organizations. Membership is open to women from all industries in all stages of their careers who want to develop a strong lifelong network. Learn more about membership and upcoming activities