3 Simple Ways to Level Up Your Networking Game
So, I attend many networking events on a weekly bases and often see so many rookie mistakes, and it drives me crazy. Some people just started MLM business and just want to spill their whole pitch and try to convince people why they should join them or buy their product (I was guilty of this once). Then there are the Ninjas, people who just throw their business card at you say, “call me if you need me” or just come and ask for your business cards.
There are a couple of amazing apps you can use on your smartphone to do business networking. First is Shapr, it's kind of like Tinder meets LinkedIn. The other one is Bumble. Okay, and yes, bumble is a dating app, but they have a section for networking called Bumble Bizz. So, the way these app work are very simple, you can just set up your profile then start swiping left or right on the other professional’s profile. Once both party swipe right on each other you can start messaging each other just like Tinder. ☺
Having a virtual calendar like Google calendar is a must!!! I am not saying I don’t use a physical planner, but it’s great to be able to access your schedule from your phone. Another tool I love is Calendly. It basically allows other people to set an appointment with you by your availability. When I meet people on Shapr, I always give people my Calendly link so they can arrange an appointment with me, then my google calendar will remind me of the appointment before the time. Both tools work hand to hand, and it is a must-have for any networkers. Other tools I love are Facebook, Eventbrite, and Meetup. These 3 apps/websites offer many different events, and you can find events in your local area or pretty much anywhere in the world.
Build The Relationship
It is important to build a relationship as you meet new people. The way I like to do so is by giving them value. When I attend, a networking event my goal is always to make 1 new friend. Once you build the connection that’s when the relationship building starts. Ask them about their business, goals, hobbies, etc. Be genuinely interested in them. You want people to like and trust you. I always ask people how I can help or serve you? I may know a friend who needs their service, may know someone who they could refer business or work together, such as a Realtor and a Mortgage loan officer. Invite them to another event (workshop, networking, bar crawl, etc.) that they might be interested in. If their goal is to lose weight maybe you could introduce them to a meal prep chef or a fitness coach.
These are the 3 simple ways to level up your networking game and in no time, I guarantee you will become a networking superstar!!!
Yoichi Kato is an author, speaker, serial entrepreneur, and a Navy veteran. He is a master business networker & connector who is always connecting people. He is also an amazing Chef who provides private chef services all over San Diego. Yoichi loves to help others and see them thrive.