Tip on How Stand Out When Networking

Business - Business Skills
By: kcmarsh    
20-Nov-2010

Introduction:During our busy lives, there are so many functions that we have to attend on a daily basis, whether it is for work, after hours networking or just random events. Through these events, all that most people what is how to stand out among the crowd. Here are five steps on how to stand out among the crowd of your peers.

  • 01

    Name Recognition

    No Matter what this situation is, it is always important to remember people's names. If have trouble remembering names, simply write their name down on a note pad and save it for later. Remembering somebody can really impress the other person, which will help you stand out among the others.

  • 02

    Ask Questions

    Do you ever find yourself in a situation with somebody, but don't know what to say. Start asking the person next to you questions about where they live. Ask them anything. Ask them what they do for a living, what their hobbies are, and whatever else seems important. Just keep making the conversation all about them. When they leave for the night they will still be thinking about you.

  • 03

    Dress For Success

    I am not suggesting that you wear your old prom dress to your next business after hours meeting, however it has been stated that the average person makes an assessment of another person with in five minutes just by looking at them. This means before you even open your mouth, assumptions are being made about you. It is important to dress accordingly for your event. But to make sure you really stand out, go ahead and add the extra piece of jewelry and handbag. People will notice.

  • 04

    Limit Speaking

    When in a crowd, be sure not to hoover in one area and speak to your best friend all night long. Go ahead and make your rounds around the room and introduce yourself to almost everybody you can meet. Get their business card information and save it for later. If you don't get the whole room, that is fine. A good handful is plenty when networking.

  • 05

    Follow Up

    After you have met your new people from the night before it is important to make contact with them again. This means getting out those business cards you gathered from the night before and either calling or sending an email of gratitude or a thanks for meeting with them. The follow up is very important, this shows the other person that you are true professional and will get noticed as such.







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  • goodselfme 11/20/2010 Flag This Comment

    I found your ListMy5 for networking very helpful. I am impressed especially by the good advice to not stick to mingling with friends all night. People tend to stay in the comfort zone, which limits the social networking and they don't stand out doing that. Well done.

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