Networking the Old Fashion Way

March 2, 2010

Do you feel you are spending much too much time on your social networks? I love this new technology and truly have benefitted from its connectivity of people of like minds.

But let’s be honest, no matter how much time we dedicate or procrastinate with our social networks we still must keep our face to face networking skills worthy of a gold medal. (Sorry, still dreaming Olympic dreams or should I say, daydreams.)  We still have to meet and greet people every day.  And when you do meet someone, you only have a few minutes to make a lasting impression. Remember the famous quote, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”  And so, that first impression better be a good one!

Recently, I was asked to be the speaker for one of my networking groups, not talking about my business or my journey, but to lead the group in some networking activities. Creating interactive meetings with well-defined outcomes and take-aways is one of my expertise.  I had fun creating the session and participants left with actionable materials to improve their self-marketing.  My 45 minute session is “The M&Ms of Networking!”

Quite simply, you have to make each meet and greet:

  • Memorable
  • Mutual
  • Meaningful

If you follow these three easy to remember networking tips, you will improve your networking skills and use your networking time efficiently.

Do you have an opening line for networking?  If so, let’s hear it!  Leave your line in the comments and we can give you some feedback. Remember, you want it to be memorable. 

Here’s a quick tip:  your opening line is not your elevator speech.  Your elevator speech can follow after you have delivered your conversation starter line—your memorable opening line! 

Are you interested in learning more about successful networking techniques? Do you need a speaker for a meeting or conference on the topic of networking? 

Eileen is a networking coach, a communication strategist, a dog lover, a recycling expert, and a mother of the bride (read previous blog posts).  Contact her at eileen@wgroup.net and visit The W Group website to learn more about Eileen and The W Group.

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2 Responses to “Networking the Old Fashion Way”

  1. Helena Says:

    Love the M&Ms of Networking….very memorable in and of itself. Now I will have to ponder my opening line.


  2. You gave a very informative presentation on the other day. I was so glad to be part of your audience. I love your spin on networking!


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