Networking is a term used for interacting with like-minded individuals typically in a business setting in hopes of developing connections. You may have already known what networking is but do you know how to properly execute the process? See below for helpful tips.

Check out these helpful networking tips:

Find the best event. Conferences are a great place to network. Our team attends conferences every year to have the chance to meet face-to-face with our clients. Check out Attending Conferences to learn the best networking practices.

Practice. There’s no shame in practicing your networking before the event, just like an interview it’s good to have questions and answers in mind.

Have a goal in mind. Going into the networking event have a goal in mind. Also, have a goal in mind in each conversation. Whether that’s finding a new job, meeting like-minded people, getting advice on your career, etc.

Ask the right questions. Open-ended questions help the conversation flow easier. Also, make sure to ask interesting questions to stand out from the others.

Keep things mutually beneficial. Make sure you aren’t only focused on what you can gain from the conversation, offer up your expertise as well.

Follow up after the event. Make sure to get contact information and reach out after the event. Reference things discussed between the two of you as they likely had multiple conversations with different people.