Monday, December 20, 2010

5 Tips to Network More Effectively (and Intentionally) this Holiday Season

This holiday season, you may have the opportunity to expand your social networks if you act more intentionally.  Here are a few tips that may help you create some meaningful connections:
  1. Arrive early and stay until the end. Attending a social event? Make sure to arrive early and stay until the end so that you have the chance to "connect meaningfully" with people when there aren't too many people.
  2. Carry business cards with you wherever you go. You simply never know who you will meet. Don't be afraid to bring up business and to pass along your card.
  3. Create an online profile on LinkedIn. This is the largest professional social networking website and membership is free.
  4. Follow-up with an e-mail or phone call after you meet someone interesting. Need a reason to follow-up? Ask for some additional information regarding something you had discussed previously.
  5. Finally, be intentional about meeting new people. This may seem obvious, but so many people (especially those who are introverts) have a difficult time doing this. We're so comfortable chatting with friends and people we already know. Be intentional about starting conversations with new people. 
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season this winter!

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