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Top 5 networking tips for people who hate networking

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Quite often networking can seem to be daunting and overwhelming. However, networking can actually be enjoyable and beneficial if you remember these five simple networking tips for people who hate networking and help you build valuable and lasting contacts and get the most out of each opportunity.

Become a volunteer

This may seem like an unusual activity to undertake, but volunteering and networking actually go hand in hand. By dedicating your time as a volunteer, you make new friends, expand your network and boost your social skills.

Volunteering also provides you with renewed creativity, motivation and a vision that can carry over into your personal and professional life. By allowing you to help others while also helping yourself, it gives you purpose. It’s a win-win situation!

Set achievable goals

No matter what field you are working in, setting goals helps you to organise your time and resources so that you use them efficiently and effectively.

Challenge yourself by setting short term goals and rewarding yourself for your success. If you are attending a networking event, set a goal of meeting and establishing connections with one or two people. You may surprise yourself and end up exceeding your goal!

Research ahead of time

Networking is a wonderful way of building relationships. Prior to each event, be prepared – research and think of topics you’d like to discuss.

Learn who will be at the event and look for people who are associated with organisations you would like to work or collaborate with. This information will come across as impressive to key contacts.

When people ask about what you do, know what you are going to say and respond confidently. Be sure to make a great first impression – show up with the best version of you!

Attend events/functions with friends

While some people are naturally outgoing, others are shy and have a hard time meeting new people. Attending events with friends and meeting regularly with a group of people with common interests will make it easier to branch out and interact with good contacts by yourself.

During events and functions, impress key targets with your knowledge of who they are and why or how you can help each other. It is easier to reach out to others with the support of your friends nearby.

Follow up or forget about it

Networking events are just the beginning of a connection. If you do not follow up with the people you meet, there is no point in going in the first place.

Business cards are a handy way to establish a connection with people and keep in contact. The best way to follow up is having a face to face meeting by organising a lunch or an afternoon tea. If this is not possible, a friendly phone call or sending an email are other great ways to stay connected and build on the relationship.

Good luck out there – you’ve got this!

About Roxanne Kiely

Roxanne Kiely is an award winning songwriter and has recently created, written and launched ‘Busy Izzy’, an exciting new children’s educational entertainment series. The ten part series encourages friendliness, co-operation, generosity and a healthy lifestyle through the main character Busy Izzy and her friends. The series includes healthy recipes, catchy sing-a-long songs, co-written with Stephen Kiely and music videos. Since the release of the first book Busy Izzy and Friends, six months ago, over 5,000 copies have already been sold. Busy Izzy is endorsed by the World Literacy Foundation. Roxanne has released two albums of original music, has had songs featured on international television programs and recently had songs promoted on a popular ABC compilation. She has made and continues to make a marked contribution to the music industry, as Director of ScoopFX Music (which she owns with husband Stephen Kiely) and President of not-for-profit songwriting organisation, Songsalive! Australia, as well as “Singing Teacher to the Stars of Today”. Roxanne’s stellar list of students include: Delta Goodrem, Lupa J., Hayley Warner and Marlisa Punzalan (Winner of X Factor 2014), to name just a few. For more informationBusyIzzy.

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    1 Comment

    1. RMAU

      June 17, 2016 at 4:33 am

      Okay, but this is supposed to be networking, right? How do you meet new people? Well, that can be crazy simple too.

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