When it comes to networking, do you find yourself making these 5 cringe-worthy networking mistakes?
To make sure you are networking and doing it right so you can grow your speaking business instead of making these 5 cringe-worthy mistakes.
However, knowing what to do is one thing;
knowing how not make these cringe-worthy mistakes is
something else entirely.
Just when you might think you’re doing everything right, you find
you’re not making the connections you expected, then perhaps
you have fallen into these 5 networking traps out there and didn’t even realize you had.
Here are 5 common networking mistakes and how you can avoid making them in the future.
Not Maintaining Your Relationships
It’s very easy to fall out of touch with people.
Maintaining contact with your current network and all of the people
in it is going to help you grow and help you win speaking opportunities.
Follow up, follow up, follow up with people
- Your mentors
- Other contacts
On a regular basis to see how they’re doing. I can’t stress this enough.
Have you heard of the saying; the money is in the follow-up?
Keep them up to date on you as well. Remember, don’t make it all about you.
You will want them to know what you’re up to while also finding out
what they’ve been up to. If you see an article that would be of interest
to them, send it to them.
Always ask how can you help them. Give first without expecting anything in return.
Smart Tip: Everyone is just as nervous and uncomfortable as you at the event but you MUST overcome your fear of networking.
Not Taking Advantage of Social Media
We live in a day and time where networking is really everything
we do every single day. Social media has made it so easy to be
connected to so many different people throughout the world,
and if you’re not using this then you’re missing out on a great
opportunity. Start using LinkedIn to make professional speaking
connections. This isn’t the only social media platform you should
be using, but it’s a great place to start and a way to get your name out there.
Not Making In-Person Connections
Yes, we are in a day and time where social media is
super-important to networking, but that doesn’t mean you have
to stop meeting people in person. You should never do that.
You can’t do everything over the internet. If your online connectionis are
not local to you, then use a multitude of different technologies like:
which are at your fingertips, to make the world a much smaller place and meet up with people on the other side of it.
Not Being Grateful
Gratitude goes a long way. When someone helps you in whatever way,
being grateful will go a long way. After having a conversation with
someone in person or online, send them a quick thank you note for their time
Smart Tip: And you know what’s even better, send them a handwritten note and mail it to them. You know that thing called snail mail! It’s still useful.
Nobody hardly ever does that anymore and it will make you be remembered
and stand out. It’s a small thing, but letting people know they are appreciated
will go a long way and encourage them to want to speak with you again.
Not Making Sure It’s a Two-Way Street
When someone helps you out and makes a positive connection for you,
then you have to be sure that you give back in some way. You especially
can’t keep going back and asking for help without giving back in return.
If you can avoid making these 5 common mistakes, then you should be
able to create a large and successful network for your business.
And if you want to read how to network correctly then read Use These 4 Steps And You’ll Be Networking Like A Rockstar
I will free you up to speak so you can shine your light and grow your business with high-level support. I also offer support through my Facebook group, Speaker Support Association of America. Speaker Support of America