By: Maria D. : January 2021 :
Networking isn’t about meeting as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time. It’s not about handing out or collecting the most business cards at an event. Networking is about creating a lasting impression by making solid connections that get you remembered—which is easier than you may think.
Step 1: Be Yourself
Making a real connection isn’t rocket science, but it does require you to be real—to be yourself. No one wants to feel duped or misled, and if you act like something/someone you’re not, that’s just what will happen. The old bait and switch routine is a sure-fire way to lose a connection fast. So instead of being something that you’re not for the sake of trying to impress someone, just be yourself, and the rest will fall into place.
Step 2: Ask Questions
This is especially important if you’re at a loss for things to say or if you’re shy. People like to talk about themselves and tend to open up more when posed with questions that solicit advice or distinct answers. So, stay away from the simple “yes and no” questions and be specific with your asks.
Step 3: Share
You can’t expect to take without giving. Sharing a little bit more about yourself than you normally would is a great way to become more memorable, relatable, and (as step 1 stressed), real. If you reveal something personal, the person you’re speaking to will probably feel comfortable in doing the same—essentially drawing them closer to you.
And, there you have it. Three simple steps and you’re well on your way to creating a lasting impression that gets you remembered.