Radio Guesting – You’ve Got 5 Options

“Land like a butterfly,” is one of the secrets in approaching others in a networking event. Actually, this also applies in real life. Do you agree?

This is one of the things I mentioned during my guesting at the radio show, “You’ve Got 5 Options” by Anna Niescierieuk and Marta Rodriguez-Karpowitz (check them out at https://www.the5options.com/) as we talked about networking and the #LinkedInLocal events I organize in the Aarhus area.

I organize these events because I feel the need to connect with others, to be part of a community of people and expand my network.

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I organize these events because I feel the need to connect with others, to be part of a community of people and expand my network.

And I continue to organize these events because it has truly helped me in so many ways and I’ve seen how the event has helped others – not just in organizing and creating events, but also in building confidence, meeting like-minded people, creating a community and in widening one’s network.

Here, I share the reasons why we should learn to network with others and five important things to remember when we join networking events like #LinkedInLocal.

And, a Call to Action in the end so you get something to do for yourself after reading this post.

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Research shows that those with strong network have better access to jobs and business opportunities.

Why Network

In today’s world, being an effective networker is a fundamental life skill. I’m talking here about networking by meeting others, going out and joining events and essentially building relationships. Forget about networking because you want to get more clients (don’t be that overbearing salesperson, please). Focus more on networking so you can meet others and possibly help them.

Business MeetingResearch shows that those with strong network have better access to jobs and business opportunities. Too often, I’ve heard and read of people getting their jobs through network. The reason why we hear these stories is because it works!

Networking is the best time to build recognition, trust, likeability, integrity and reputation.

Networking is the best time to build recognition, trust, likeability, integrity and reputation. Not only that, it is also the best time to build your personal brand, gain visibility and strategize how you want to position yourself.

Our fast-paced world gives us limited time to get a good first impression and a much-limited time to be recognized, it is important to be remembered for the right reasons.

In the grand scheme of things, networking is simply a proactive way of meeting people, building relationships and engaging with your communities. If you feel inauthentic when you’re networking, it is most probably because you are doing it wrong.

5 tips to become better networker using linkedin

Networking is a balance between, “I want to meet you,” and “I want you to meet me.”

Five Tips to Become a Better Networker

1.     Identify your purpose – Why are you attending?

Is it to gain professional development, to find more opportunities, find a mentor, create a sense of community or security, gain exposure for one’s cause, or simply because you have a good feeling about it? Prepare your elevator speech, if you want (it’s good to have something to say if people ask about you), but also, listen to the other person. Be strategic but also authentic.

2.     Know your value – what do you bring to the table?

Networking is a balance between, “I want to meet you,” and “I want you to meet me.” Knowing one’s value and being clear about what you can contribute gives you the chance to communicate clearly to others what you represent (your personal brand) and in this way, saves time and energy as the talk will most probably navigate past the small talk.

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3.     Be you – Don’t be afraid or intimidated of others.

Keep calm, others are humans, too. So don’t be afraid of them.

Another thing to note, the best networkers I know are like social butterflies. People like them, not because of their expertise, but in the way they make their approach. Just like a butterfly, they land softly on their destination. A soft touch is needed to connect to others.

The best networkers start by listening to others and being interested to them, and when the opportunities come, gently offer their solution or help. It might be good to take note that for one to be interesting, one has to be interested.

the best networkers I know are like social butterflies. People like them, not because of their expertise, but in the way they make their approach.

4.     Give (more than you receive) – Be a source and ask yourself, “what can I do to help you?”

People always remember goodness, and it works better than trying too hard to make a good impression. By giving, you connect, you create a bridge between you and another.

What I do: Creating my own networking event – #LinkedInLocal Aarhus – not only fuels my passion but also helps me establish myself as a community builder and a networker. Yes, it is not easy organizing a networking event, but with the many friends and contacts I have in Aarhus today, I feel satisfied and felt that I have a purpose in here.

5.     Build the relationship – Follow up.

Networking is just the start. It’s a door that leads to other things. If your ultimate goal is to build relationships, then the true value of networking comes into play.

Coffee meetingWhat I do: Write letter of recommendation, send thank you messages to the people I met, set a coffee meeting with some of the participants from #LinkedIn Local Aarhus. Keep in touch. Not following up renders networking useless. Allocate a certain time or hours each week to follow up.

 Call to Action:

You’ll be amazed at how a purposeful coffee meeting can lead to opportunities and learning.

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Think about a need in your life right now.

Say, you want to be better at writing, or marketing or graphic design, etc. Then find time and exert effort to look at your network – whether people you know in social media or real life.

Give them a call or send them a message and invite them for coffee. Be clear about why you’re inviting them.

You’ll be amazed at how a purposeful coffee meeting can lead to opportunities and learning.

Happy networking!

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