If you’re blogging, you’re interested in meeting people. Partly on a genuine personal level, partly on a mercenary ‘you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours’.
Nothing wrong with that – it’s no good being the best at what you do if nobody knows about it. This list from Tricia Murphy’s Website (articles – no blog) shows how to network without feeling like a politician. I’d disagree with number 3, but the rest seem common sense.
|1.||Keep in mind that networking is about being genuine and building trustful and mutually beneficial relationships.|
|2.||Tell people how they can help you, if they don’t know, they can’t help!|
|3.||Send handwritten thank you notes, in an electronic world it makes a great impression!!|
|4.||Keep people in the loop – let your sources hear how they have been of help FROM you!!|
|5.||Stay in touch when you need nothing from the other person.|
|6.||Ask someone you know to introduce you to someone you particularly want to meet.|
|7.||Lead by example – pass on information, introduce people and be known as the connector, a valuable place in any network.|
|8.||Keep an open mind when meeting new people – you never know who you need to meet until you have met them!|
|9.||Be involved – be seen on the scene.|
|10.||Nurture your network it will nurture you!!|
Thanks to Tom for the (indirect) link to this via the Events Day conference.