9 Quick Steps to Effective Networking

Networking can get you a job or otherwise expand your business horizons. The key to networking is taking the initiative ‘ and refining your conversational skills.

  1. Step 1

    Stay in touch with people you like and respect even if they can’t help you immediately. You don’t want to go to someone only when you are desperate.

  2. Step 2

    Talk to people you don’t know everywhere you go. Cocktail parties and weddings are just the tip of the iceberg; don’t forget about airplane rides, supermarket lines, sporting events, festivals, bookstores and so on.

  3. Step 3

    Learn to ask “What do you do?” with comfort, sincerity and interest.

  4. Step 4

    Become a better listener. Ask a question and then be quiet until you hear the answer.

  5. Step 5

    Practice your own presentation of your skills. Learn more than one approach, whether frank or subtle.

  6. Step 6

    Keep a great updated brochure, business card or other form of information about yourself on you at all times. Get comfortable handing out your card.

  7. Step 7

    Take classes to improve your public speaking, body language and writing skills.

  8. Step 8

    Join every networking club and association in your field.

  9. Step 9

    Follow up on any lead, no matter how minor.

Source: eHow.com