Everyone knows the feeling – you get to an event and, not knowing who to talk to or where to turn, you start to freeze up. Read this book to find the remedy for networking stage fright as well as how not to feel sleazy when you’re trying to cultivate connections at events. It offers a compendium of stories, advice, and resources for how to network easily, naturally and effectively. The book also provides valuable information on social networking tools and technology that will promote new contacts and connections.
Today, more than ever, the quality of your network contributes to your net worth. And the only way to create a quality network is to actually focus on quality over quantity when attempting to make new connections. Through this #1 pick on the Inc.com 2010 Business Book Wish List, you will learn how to:
5 Things You Should Do Before Attending a Networking Event
Preparation is key with everything in life. When you cook, it takes the pressure off if you measure all your ingredients before you begin. When you sign up for a marathon, you train for months ahead of time by running various distances until you are able to complete those 26.2 miles in one shot. When you write, you spend some significant time researching your topics before you commit to a draft. The same goes for your networking. If you want to do it right, you have to prepare.
Here are five things you can do to train, research and prepare for a networking event. (Follow me to be sure to receive a notification when I share the next post in this series!)
About the Author
Sandy Jones-Kaminski is the Chief Connecting Officer of Bella Domain Media and the author of the #1 pick on the Inc.com 2010 Business Book Wish List titled, “I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???: A Guide to Making the Most Out of Any Networking Event.” As a business mentor, and LinkedIn speaker and strategist, she helps small to midsize business owners, solo entrepreneurs and corporate executives generate more leads, buzz and connections by optimizing their digital presence and increasing the value of their professional brand both online as well as offline.