10 Networking Tips For Shy Professionals

5 mins

10 Top Tips on how to survive your next networking event…1. Work on your handshake.Ensuring ...

10 Top Tips on how to survive your next networking event…

1. Work on your handshake.

Ensuring you have a strong, confident handshake can be the difference between a confident first impression, and a weak one. Find the perfect balance, too firm and you will seem overconfident and intimidating, too feeble and you will seem timid.

Practice with someone; make your handshake perfect.

2. Watch your body language.

Make sure your body language is consistently confident, strong, and friendly, without coming across too relaxed or bored by the situation.

55% of human communication is non-verbal. What’s your body giving away?

3. Get there early.

There won’t be as many people around, so the environment will be a lot less intimidating.

It’s less overwhelming and gives you a chance to ease yourself into the situation – and get a good spot!

4. Practice your USP (Unique Selling Pont).

You need to mention:

  • Your company.
  • Your clients.
  • What you do.
  • Why you’re so good at it.
  • What your future goals are.

5. Be yourself.

Be human and be friendly – people want to know that they’re talking to someone just like them, who they can build a (working) relationship with, and who isn’t irritating and arrogant.

6. You can talk about different things.

You don’t have to spend the entire time talking about work – if a conversation progresses onto a more fun/ personal topic then that’s absolutely fine.

This is a sign that you and that person are bonding and they’re much more likely to remember you.

8. Make notes.

After you’ve met a valuable acquaintance, jot some notes down about them, what they do, and roughly the kind of conversation you had – this will help for future communication.

You can pick up a lot of business cards at these events and it’s harder than you think to remember everyone!

9. Follow up with your connections.

Connect with people on LinkedIn as well as popping across an email to follow up on any queries or conversations you might have had.

10. Give and take.

Consider sharing resources, advice, customers, and other contacts if necessary.

People will always be thinking about the ‘what’s in it for me’ factor – nothing comes for free in business.

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