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  string(5231) "I was at a networking function last week. Having relocated from Adelaide to Sydney on a venture to take on this hustling town, it’s important to me as a Recruiter to make the right professional connections and stand out from the crowd – and for the right reasons of course!

I have been to many events in my time however on this particular occasion (I just want to make clear, I was having an off day) I found myself caught out in a few awkward moments……….. The “should or shouldn’t I approach this person?” moment, the “OMG! I really, don’t understand anything you are saying to me” moment and the ‘OK, 5 business cards was never going to be enough!’ moment…….

Having left that event and quickly erasing those events from my brain, I decided from that moment on I was going to take control of my next networking event, and maximise and unleash the business woman within me.

So from one open networker to another, I thought I would put together 7 top tips for networking (from my experience) to share with you all.

Professional networking is about meeting people and making connections of mutual benefit. The point of the exercise is to bond and build trust.

Much like the dating scene there are conventions you can follow that may make your life a bit easier and your efforts more successful. So, before you head off to your next networking function, here’s a few do’s and don’ts to consider…

1. Do be yourself. Don’t be too formal

It’s hard to bond with a robot. Whilst a degree of professional formality is appropriate, it’s best you be yourself, talk about topics of genuine interest to you and be honest in your opinion about what you’re discussing.

By doing this you’ll find it much easier to bond with people where you share common interests and values. You are more likely to build lasting professional relationships and enjoy working with the people you meet if you be yourself.

2. Do listen. Don’t talk about yourself too much

A few sentences on who you are when meeting a new person is fine – but very few people fondly remember that person who was able to talk about themselves non-stop for half an hour.

If you commit yourself to listening you’ll learn more about the people you meet and be able to determine if you can be of professional benefit to one another.

Most people also love to meet people who can listen, as it’s a rare commodity.

3. Do spend 10-15 minutes with each person you meet. Don’t corner yourself with one person for the night.

Networking is about spreading your social web and meeting a new group of people. Cornering someone won’t meet the objectives of a networking event and your victim may not appreciate being cornered.

4. Do touch. Don’t grope

Physical interactions like shaking the hand or touching the forearm are small physical touches that can lead to a greater bond between two people. Anything more than this is likely to be dangerous.

Also, there is large differences between cultures so be guided by the behaviour of the person you meet. If in doubt, revert to point 1 – Be yourself.

5. Do dine. Don’t stuff yourself

Scientists have shown that eating with other humans increases chemical bonding between them. So if you meet someone you’d like to bond with by all means accompany him or her to the canapés and share a bite to eat and drink.

On the other hand feasting like you haven’t eaten for a week then making rounds of the room with herbs hanging from your teeth is unlikely to win you the popularity contest.

6. Do exchange cards. Don’t add them to Facebook

If you meet someone interesting swap cards and later add them on linked in if appropriate. Don’t add them on Facebook or RSVP.

7. Do follow up. Don’t wait too long

Following up those people you have met who might be someone you do business with in future is essential but much like dating there are accepted conventions, which change from time to time.

Unlike dating, it’s not common to wait 3 days before following up to make yourself seem in demand. A short email the day after acknowledging the meeting and mapping the path forward is the way to go.

So spread your wings like a butterfly and make the most of your next networking function!

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Sydney"
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I was at a networking function last week. Having relocated from Adelaide to Sydney on a venture to take on this hustling town, it’s important to me as a Recruiter to make the right professional connections and stand out from the crowd – and for the right reasons of course!

I have been to many events in my time however on this particular occasion (I just want to make clear, I was having an off day) I found myself caught out in a few awkward moments……….. The “should or shouldn’t I approach this person?” moment, the “OMG! I really, don’t understand anything you are saying to me” moment and the ‘OK, 5 business cards was never going to be enough!’ moment…….

Having left that event and quickly erasing those events from my brain, I decided from that moment on I was going to take control of my next networking event, and maximise and unleash the business woman within me.

So from one open networker to another, I thought I would put together 7 top tips for networking (from my experience) to share with you all.

Professional networking is about meeting people and making connections of mutual benefit. The point of the exercise is to bond and build trust.

Much like the dating scene there are conventions you can follow that may make your life a bit easier and your efforts more successful. So, before you head off to your next networking function, here’s a few do’s and don’ts to consider…

1. Do be yourself. Don’t be too formal

It’s hard to bond with a robot. Whilst a degree of professional formality is appropriate, it’s best you be yourself, talk about topics of genuine interest to you and be honest in your opinion about what you’re discussing.

By doing this you’ll find it much easier to bond with people where you share common interests and values. You are more likely to build lasting professional relationships and enjoy working with the people you meet if you be yourself.

2. Do listen. Don’t talk about yourself too much

A few sentences on who you are when meeting a new person is fine – but very few people fondly remember that person who was able to talk about themselves non-stop for half an hour.

If you commit yourself to listening you’ll learn more about the people you meet and be able to determine if you can be of professional benefit to one another.

Most people also love to meet people who can listen, as it’s a rare commodity.

3. Do spend 10-15 minutes with each person you meet. Don’t corner yourself with one person for the night.

Networking is about spreading your social web and meeting a new group of people. Cornering someone won’t meet the objectives of a networking event and your victim may not appreciate being cornered.

4. Do touch. Don’t grope

Physical interactions like shaking the hand or touching the forearm are small physical touches that can lead to a greater bond between two people. Anything more than this is likely to be dangerous.

Also, there is large differences between cultures so be guided by the behaviour of the person you meet. If in doubt, revert to point 1 – Be yourself.

5. Do dine. Don’t stuff yourself

Scientists have shown that eating with other humans increases chemical bonding between them. So if you meet someone you’d like to bond with by all means accompany him or her to the canapés and share a bite to eat and drink.

On the other hand feasting like you haven’t eaten for a week then making rounds of the room with herbs hanging from your teeth is unlikely to win you the popularity contest.

6. Do exchange cards. Don’t add them to Facebook

If you meet someone interesting swap cards and later add them on linked in if appropriate. Don’t add them on Facebook or RSVP.

7. Do follow up. Don’t wait too long

Following up those people you have met who might be someone you do business with in future is essential but much like dating there are accepted conventions, which change from time to time.

Unlike dating, it’s not common to wait 3 days before following up to make yourself seem in demand. A short email the day after acknowledging the meeting and mapping the path forward is the way to go.

So spread your wings like a butterfly and make the most of your next networking function!

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Sydney

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