Why is networking important?
1. Know what you want
Many people do not know what they want. No matter what medium you are using, it is essential to be clear about what you are seeking. Don’t waste your contacts time; be relevant. Always ask if there is any way you could return the favor and most of all be appreciative. Thank them in advance. Do not be afraid to state the obvious but do not be overly self-promotional so you can get the help you need.
2. Learn twitter for business
Today, every successful business uses Twitter for Business. Similarly, the platform will work best for your career. Mentioning someone’s handle in your tweet could catch their attention. Reply and re-tweet posts by your target contacts. Go further and directly tweet them. Twitter is like a coffee house where you have to shout to be noticed. However, always start small before proceeding to bigger requests; for example “Great article, very helpful!” will do for a start.
People use hash tags to categorize their tweets and help them appear on the search and news-feed. Clicking on the # symbol usually accompanied by a subject will reveal all the other parties of interest to that particular tweet.
Save these topics and follow them over time; most leaders and entrepreneurs, both local and international, create most relevant hash-tags they would want their communities to follow. Join the conversations by using the hash-tags yourself. By doing this you might discover new information and contacts to follow.
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3. LinkedIn, a great tool!
Use LinkedIn to meet up with people in real life. Do this by sending coffee invitations to potential contacts. If your target contact is in another city or country, no need to worry. Look up upcoming events and conferences they are attending locally and grab some of their time. If not, suggest a Skype conversation or a Google hangout. Make a strong first impression by preparing in advance.
4. Event organizers could help you out!
Reach out to professional event organizers who are likely to be more connected than you are. A good example is meetup.com. If you send a nice email, you could be properly introduced and directed to appropriate target contacts. Run a background check on the organizing group to know exactly how and what to request.
5. Facebook, another great tool accessible to everyone
Finally, join Facebook groups. Brand and persons post updates on these groups for their fans to comment and take relevant action. Groups focus more on community and intimate, honest conversations. Groups could be private or open to all. Always read privacy policies before posting. Many group participants are eager to help fellow members. Was this information helpful? Take a moment to share this article. Thank you in advance for sharing!
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