How to network (people, not computers)

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.

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9 comments

  1. Jeremy Jacobs · April 2, 2007

    Have you been Kintished yet?

  2. Paul Walsh · April 2, 2007

    Paul – I’m a networking slut, but it’s because I love meeting AND connecting people with other people I know. I get a real kick out of it. Because of this approach, I tend to build a great network of business partners, collaborators and sometimes even clients. Some turn into good friends.

    This is one topic I’d love to write a book on but don’t have the time or skill! 🙂

    3 is a bit crap and 7 is my fav.

  3. admin · April 2, 2007

    @Paul W – ‘networking slut’ – is that printed on your business card?!

    @Jeremy – not sure if I get the reference.

    I’m trying to get better at the networking side of things. A great help is the blog (so people know me in advance / can look me up later) and LinkedIn (keeps track of the network / useful in formalising the ‘Ill help you if you help me’)

    Paul B.

  4. Paul Walsh · April 2, 2007

    Paul B – no, it has slapper so I need to get it corrected 😉

    Check out Facebook, I’ve noticed it’s pretty good for building and joining networks.

  5. Jeremy Jacobs · April 2, 2007

    You mean you don’t know Will Kintish!!

    Just Google him.

  6. admin · April 2, 2007

    @Paul W – will check out facebook then , until now I thought of it more as a myspace clone.

    @Jeremy. That means I haven’t been Kintished then 🙂

    Main area I need to concentrate on isn’t the events (I can talk to complete strangers quite easily – long story) but the motivation / inclination to keep in touch afterwards.

  7. Tom Raftery · April 10, 2007

    Paul, thanks for the mention. I’d add to this join social networking sites (LinkedIn, Xing, Facebook and even Flickr and the like).

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