One of the greatest aspects of being a Pro on WeddingWire is the opportunity to network with other Pros! Networking is an extremely important part of your business that allows you to build connections within the industry as well as gain industry knowledge. We know that networking isn’t always easy though!
Here are four tips to help you achieve networking success at your next event:
1. Don’t just intrude into someone else’s conversation
Politely adding yourself into a conversation can be hard but there is a way to do it professionally without being intrusive. Make sure that when you enter a conversation you have a good conversation starter and always introduce yourself when there is a break in conversation. If you want to talk to a member of the conversation privately, make sure you mention that you would love to talk to them about a topic later.
2. Watch your body language
Make sure that you have open body language! Don’t close yourself off to anyone during a conversation. Smiling and having open body language will also make you seem more approachable.
3. Involve everyone in the conversation
Rather than constantly talking about yourself, try finding things to relate to with everyone in the conversation. Remember, you are all at the same networking event so you must have some things in common!
4. Stay true to your word
To build strong relationships at a networking event, you must stay true to your word. If you tell someone that you should get coffee and continue to talk, go get coffee with them. If you tell someone that you will email them, make sure you email them. It is always a good idea to follow up with people after a networking event.
For more information on networking, make sure to check out our webinar on Networking Your Way to New Business.