Strong professional networks help develop personal goals and larger Novus Marketing objectives. To keep adding contacts, a few simple networking rules are recommended when attending an industry gathering. Here are a few things to keep in mind when building networks:
• Give Complete Attention: Offer undivided attention to potential contacts, even when surrounded by activity at a big event. Place your phones in your pockets or turn them off to focus solely on what the other person is saying. Ask plenty of open-ended questions to make sure you learn as much as you can.
• Have a Strong Pitch: It’s tough to expect great networking results if you just wing it. That’s why it’s best to bring compelling elevator pitches to every conference, seminar, or any other kind of industry function. Include a few notes on your own achievements and future Novus Marketing projects as well.
• Follow Up: Follow up with every new connection when attending an event. To make this easier, jot down a few notes on the back of every business card collected. From there, include specific items from conversations in follow-up messages to make sure people remember you.
These strategies are put to good use every time new contacts are added.