In the business world, the key to success is active networking, especially if you are self-employed.
But what exactly is needed to build a good network?
First and foremost, you as a networker must have a clear purpose for what you want the end product of your networking to be and that you dare to contact new people.
A good rule of thumb to follow is to always network in the right forum to create the right contacts. To achieve success while out and networking, there are five main rules:
- Be prepared and read
- Show interest and ask questions
- Be humble and show respect
- Avoid taking over the call and avoid being too private
- Stand out – make the person in question remember you
If you lack these features, you probably won’t be a good networker either. What exactly do these five rules mean? In the vast majority of contexts, the first four points fall naturally, but the most important rule is number five.
Three simple steps are all you need to be able to best remember the person you want to create a relationship with. Be yourself, be honest and have a well-made business card.
With a professional business card that briefly presents who you are and what you do, chances are good that you will create a stable foundation for continued communication. Important to note, however, is that the business card’s color shades and design match your professional profile.
The road to smart networking!
A high quality business card is especially important for start-ups who want to enter the market and then it can be good to create their look with the help of established designers.
A neat business card with clear contact information and company description is easy to distribute to people you meet and tend to generate more career opportunities.
Therefore, by networking smartly, a person or a company can effectively enter the market.
Then, to best maintain communication with the contacts you create through networking, social media is a good place for this. Nevertheless, the internet is a good place to network, but studies have shown that in-person meetings are more profitable in the area.