10 Ways to Network Like a Pro

October 12, 2016

Are you attending some of the exciting networking events taking place this fall?

Are you looking for tips on how to make the most out of your networking breaks?

Networking is important for both personal and professional development, but starting conversations with new people can be intimidating. Whether you’re a conference newbie or a seasoned pro, there are always ways to improve how we communicate and build relationships.

This week on the Social Media Social Hour, I am joined by Bree Kelley, community manager at Casual Fridays, on 10 ways to network like a pro.

Let’s do this!

About the show:

The Social Media Social Hour is a podcast for marketers and entrepreneurs looking to get on the social media fast track. Each week the show features top brands, influencers, and leading social media professionals to talk social media and content marketing. The Social Media Social Hour is presented by Tack – Power your marketing with authentic content from customers and fans.

In this episode, here is what you’ll discover:

Mentionable Quotes by Tyler Anderson:

  • “You have to practice networking every single day.”
  • “Have at least one social network that you’re cool with connecting with everyone on.”
  • “Arrive early and stay late to conferences.”
  • “Try to include the outsiders in on your conversations.”
  • “When you ask people what they’re passionate about, they’ll naturally smile.”
  • “Asking people about their passions will make you more memorable.”
  • “When you ask people questions, be present.”
  • “You want your elevator pitch to be short, concise, and to the point.”
  • “I try and do 80% listening and 20% talking when I’m networking.”
  • “Ask for introductions from your current connections.”
  • “Don’t spend too much time with the same people.”

Mentionable Quotes by Bree Kelley:

  • “You don’t have to be in a professional setting to network.”
  • “Always keep your business cards with you.”
  • “Begin networking before the conference even starts.”
  • “Follow the conference hashtag, join Facebook and LinkedIn groups, and just start a conversation.”
  • “Make an effort to introduce yourself to the people around you in sessions.”
  • “Have your elevator pitch down, but know when to give it.”
  • “Don’t just spend time with people you know. Make an effort to get out and meet other attendees.”
  • “I would challenge everyone to try attending a conference by yourself.”

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