How to Network Like a Pro for Business

How to Network Like a Pro!

After attending dozens of network events in the last two years, I’ve come to realize that networking is one of the most important aspects of growing a healthy business. Not only because you get to meet amazing, goal-oriented people and build beneficial relationships in your business, but it is one of the most valuable uses of my time. The return is practically unmatched! It costs nothing but time, and I almost always walk away with a new contact that I can either help or learn from in some way.

As entrepreneurs, we need to get out, mingle, and meet like-minded people. We need to meet with people that inspire us, and can help connect us with others that can help grow our businesses. Networking doesn’t always come easy, so having a few tips and tricks at hand will help entrepreneurs find the confidence to make connections that will last.


4 Tips to Network Like a Pro

Come Prepared

Come with plenty of business cards! Have an understanding of the type of people that will be there, and the topics they will be discussing. Also, setting a goal of exchanging a minimum number of business cards will keep you on pace and motivated to meet the next person, instead of hovering over the appetizer table. (Just me?)

Break the Ice

If you haven’t created an elevator pitch, now is the time! An elevator pitch is your 30 seconds to introduce yourself and share why you matter. Open each conversation with a quick “About Me” statement of who you are, what you do, as well as the value you provide. While you begin the conversation, this is your time to talk yourself up — and your business!

Ask the Right Questions

You’ll want to make a connection with the people you meet, and find a reason to remember each other. What are their goals? Are they passionate about any forms of charity or the community? Another good one, why do they do what they do? Also, try to find similar likes and interests, to make a memorable connection.

Follow Up!

Great! Your pocket is now full of business cards, and you have lots of new names to remember. Within the week, send an email or make a quick phone call with the contacts you’ve made. Follow up on that offer for a coffee meeting. Finally, be absolutely sure to write a quick Thank You note to the host of the event, to ensure future invites!

Give first, expecting nothing in return, and your new connections will open many doors!

What are your favorite networking tips? Tell us in the comments below!

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