3 Easy Networking Tips You Can Use Today

3 Easy Networking Tips You Can Use Today

Are you planning on attending a Sertoma Club of Nashville meeting soon? If so, welcome! For many, this is the first step on the path to career and networking success. Networking can be difficult for those who do not have previous experience attending networking events. From soon-to-be college graduates to those starting in a new field, networking can seem frightening. To get you started off on the right foot, we’ve put together a quick list of three easy networking tips you can use today.

Prepare and Fine-Tune Your Elevator Pitch

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You’ve heard the term, elevator pitch, before and know that it briefly details you, your career, and your goals. When attending networking events, you will be meeting new individuals who do not know much about you. When you strike up a conversation with these new individuals, you will have the opportunity to learn more about them and present information about yourself. Instead of rambling on about every little detail, prepare a succinct and fluent ‘elevator pitch’ about yourself and your career. Be sure to highlight your accomplishments, goals, and priorities, and speak in a confident and professional manner.

Have your Business Card Available at All Times

In order to make a great first impression, be sure to bring your business cards to your first networking event and hand them out to your new connections. Business cards are a great way to not only connect with other individuals in your community and industry, but also a tactic to further your personal brand and image.

Make sure that your business card is sleek, professional and represents you and your career correctly. For example, an accountant and a professional artist should not use the same business card design. Each should properly portray an image related to the industry.

Always Follow Up with your New Contacts

Now that you’ve been to your first Sertoma Club of Nashville networking event and have made several new connections, it’s time to follow up. Reaching out to your new contacts shows that you genuinely care about the connection you have made and that you are interested in furthering the professional relationship. One common way to reach out is to offer to continue the conversation over coffee or an offer to collaborate on an outside project. Ultimately, it is up to you and your connection on how and when to continue your initial conversation. Of course, be sure to always thank the individual for connecting after the networking event. That’s just common courtesy!

With these three simple networking tips in your back pocket, you’re ready to get started. Be sure to join the Sertoma Club of Nashville at our regular luncheon meetings to meet new professionals in the Greater Nashville area.