I’m here to put the networking back into “social networking”. I’m obsessed with helping others grow and nurture their own networks.
In my Owner article this month, I want to share the best networking advice I can give you. Before I do that though, I decided to ask members of my network (via Twitter) what their one piece of networking advice is. The tips were so good, I had to include them here.
Working on an article. What’s YOUR one main piece of business networking advice?
— Dave Delaney (@davedelaney) January 13, 2014
@davedelaney Be authentic in all of your communications.
— Mic Johnson (@MicJohnson) January 13, 2014
@davedelaney no one is too professional or powerful to connect with!
— Quinn Graden (@qgraden27) January 13, 2014
@davedelaney everyone wants to feel important. Everyone.
— John Michael Morgan (@johnmorgan) January 13, 2014
@davedelaney Transparency and vulnerability
— Todd Bowman (@toddbowman) January 13, 2014
— Tabitha T (@Tabbulous) January 13, 2014
@davedelaney Keep it real. Real interactions and genuinely caring build lasting business connections.
— Brian Leung (@bkh_leung) January 13, 2014
@davedelaney Have biz cards handy! No fumbling in purses or briefcases.
— SavvyDigitalBusiness (@LisaMarieKarl) January 13, 2014
@davedelaney repeat their name back to them and possibly find a way to put it in other sentences.
— Kelley (@kelleyboothe) January 14, 2014
@davedelaney Remember everyone else feels as out-of-place as you do. Winners act anyway.
— Colter Reed (@csreed) January 14, 2014
@davedelaney don’t hijack someone’s conversation.
— Melissa Corbin (@mdcorbin) January 14, 2014
— Courtenay Rogers (@courtenayrogers) January 14, 2014
@davedelaney make me feel like you’re building a relationship with me.
— Curt Harding (@curtharding) January 14, 2014
I highly recommend you take a moment to follow all of the people above. Reading their replies made me pause to realize how lucky I am to be connected to such smart people.
My Best Advice
My best networking advice is to be honest and build your network before you need it. This means you need to tend to the people around you on a daily basis. Find ways to help them first, way before you ever ask for anything in return. Networking is a two-way street.
Not only does genuinely helping people grow your network, it makes you a respected, good person. Just look at the guy who started this magazine for inspiration. Help people first, folks.
Leave a comment with your best networking advice. I would love to hear your thoughts.