Networking Tips: Show Genuine Interest

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Networking is an excellent way to build relationships, build your brand and grow your networks. In order to be a good networker, it is important to have a plan, be committed and focused on connecting with people or organizations. A really good way to do this is by showing an interest in the things or people who you value and respect. There are many ways of interacting to create strong and meaningful bonds.

Listed below are practical methods for increasing your networking reach and influence.

Pay Attention

One of the best ways to show interest and learn new items is to pay attention to. This can include listening closely when additional are talking, referring to details and being aware of your surroundings. It can also involve making connections and links to similarities or shared interests. Your heightened level of participation can also encourage others to take notice of you. Also, the information that you gather can be used as an effective follow-up mechanism.

Nonverbal Cues

Besides listening, you can extend your nonverbal communication skills to further connect with your counterparts at events. Making eye contact is always the most effective way of showing respect and building trust. Another good communication cue is being relaxed and not fidgeting. The less movement the better in regard to not being a distraction or becoming distracted. You may also exercise subtle gestures such as: leaning in, taking sluggish but deep breaths, smiling or keeping your hands at your waist side (rather than crossed).

Proper Response

Finally, responding to your counterpart is another effective way of demonstrating interest. Offer up questions or opinions in the dialogue. Make relevant comments to add value and show that you will be listening and enjoy the conversation. Use this as an opportunity to share experiences, open up your networks and make vital connections, if applicable.

Use these helpful suggestions to garner trust and be relatable when you are networking. Becoming sincere and wanting to know and learn about or from others can be a smart way to build quality relations.

Chi Okezie is owner/producer of SIMPLEnetworking, LLC in Atlanta, GA. Learn suggestions, tactics, and techniques from the Champion Networker!

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