April 2007 Archives

Schedule Time for Follow up

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I was talking with Kathleen Ronald recently, who is an expert on networking techniques, and she shared a networking tip that I've never heard before.

Following up with new contacts from a networking event is very important. However, it takes time to enter people in a contact manager and write appropriate e-mails.

Kathleen said that the way to make sure you follow up quickly is to block out time on your calendar for following up at the same time you add the networking event to your calendar.

This sounded very easy to do -- until I started doing it. It turned out to be harder than I expected to find a block of time between meetings and other tasks to focus on following up with new contacts, but it's helped me contact people a few days sooner.

By the way, Kathleen Ronald, “the Queen of Business Networking,” speaks at conferences and regional events, as well as coaches individuals and corporate teams. If you want to be a better networker call Kathleen.

Seven More Networking Tips

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Edith Yeung, who has a very inspirational blog, has posted her 7 Rules of Networking Made Easy:

  • Ask Questions
  • Offer Help
  • Bring Business Cards
  • Write Things Down
  • Set Goal and Practice
  • Follow Up
  • Be Yourself at All Time

Edith's list is a good reminder of effective networking techniques.

Conversation Tips

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The conversation techniques we use while networking plays a big part in how people perceive us.

The Positivity Blog has a great set of reminders called: "Do You Make These 10 Mistakes In A Conversation?"

Check out the comments for that post to see several additional tips that people added there, too.

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