I work in the B2B industry, and networking and KEEPING good contacts is essential to my company’s continued survival.
Trust me, I didn’t start this blog because I felt the world NEEDED to hear my opinions — although, I have to admit, it is a very cathartic, pleasurable part of my day, I’ve found.
No, the reason I originally started blogging was to increase my network. By putting myself out there, and showing my interest (and, hopefully knowledge) in my subject field, perhaps others may see me as a more credible and reliable source for providing them with their industrial safety supplies. With every post I make, I try and display a little part of how I think, what is important to me, and what I can offer of my experience.
So, in my efforts to network, I came across a very cool Forbes article of ways to succeed at the art of networking, by Samanatha Ettus.
Here is a highlight of 5 networking tips from her list of 25:
Use Your Professional Photo. When connecting on social media, people want to see your photo, not your baby’s or a company logo.
Keep it Positive. Save the car payment talk or your dog’s medical issues for close friends.
Don’t Stick to Those You Know. When at an event or business setting, branch out.
Pay it Forward. Networking is not an eye for an eye game. Help others and they (not necessarily the same others!) will help you.
Listen as Much as You Talk. Never leave a conversation without learning something.
I like this–it’s a common sense list, and we ALL know most of them, but they make a very concise summation of how we should approach all interactions and relationships.