“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.” – African proverb
We all know how powerful of a tool networking is for fitness and personal development experts, it doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for clients or contractors to work with, being able to network effectively can get you all of these – and then some!
But then you have to wonder, how exactly do you network with others when you’re on an event? Do you just jump in and ask the usual “pick-up lines” questions that have been used by millions of other people to network? Or are there strategies that you can use to make your networking run A LOT smoother, thus allowing you to get better results?
Are you all for the latter?
If you’re new to networking, or you feel that you need help with how to network with others, then these 5 highly effective networking tips that I’m about to share with you right now, will do you wonders.
So without further ado, here are the tips that you can use for effective networking.
1.) Arrive early
The earlier you arrive, the bigger your opportunity is to have the chance to engage other participants one to one.
I mean, think about it. When you arrive in the event early, chances are good that only a few participants have arrived. Also, most of them aren’t seated together (others may even be alone). That’s a golden opportunity for you to reach out and talk to them.
On the flip side of the coin, if you arrive late, chances are that good all the other participants are settled in, the environment is already busy and it becomes comparatively harder to reach out to other participants.
You can bet your family’s jewels that a lot of the attendees of the event would love to have the chance to talk to the host (since they are usually VIPs in your industry).
But of course – they can’t. Or rather, they’d have to wait in line together with the hundreds of other attendees who’d love to have the chance.
However, you don’t have to be on the same boat as them since you’re “with” the host because you’re a volunteer. At this point, you can just approach the host and the other VIPs to strike a conversation with them about some of the tasks you’d have to orient them with since you’re a volunteer AND pitch in a thing or two about how you can quite possibly collaborate with them in the future.
3.) Ask other people to share their expert advice when on a conversation
Sadly, there are other personal development coaches who are thinking backwards when it comes to networking.
They tend to focus on themselves. They tend to think about ways on how to overpower others to make themselves look superior.
That’s career suicide!
Instead of focusing on making yourself look important, you need to focus on making others feel important. An awesome way to do this is to ask for their expert advice on a subject matter that they specialize in.
When you do that, they’ll feel valued and ultimately feel good all in all. That’s a good stepping stone when building meaningful and strategic relationships with others.
4.) Be GENUINELY interested in others
When you have this section covered, you’ll soon realize that your networking efforts will yield good results.
Why, you might ask?
Simple. Being genuinely interested in others is a key element to successful networking. When you are genuinely interested in others, the actions you’ll make will naturally be geared towards making others share about themselves. When they’re at a state where they are open to you, the chances of you uncovering opportunities to collaborate with them becomes highly likely.
Don’t be surprised if even after having a phenomenal time connecting with them on the event, they don’t end-up contacting you. These people are busy!
You need to take the initiative to send a follow-up. You’ll be amazed at how many of them will have that face-palm reaction then saying, “I can’t believe I forgot contacting you!”.
If you don’t take the time to send follow-ups, you’ll be missing out on a lot of opportunities.
The crux of being able to network effectively isn’t in the realm of rocket science. Just by following the tips that I shared above alone, you’d have already acquired some powerful tools that you can use to network.
Take the time to read, reflect and implement. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll benefit from following these tips.