35 Ways to Build Your Professional Network

Professional-Network

Coming up with a brilliant and innovative idea is only half the battle. If you want to make sure that your idea actually has the chance to come to life, you need to make sure that the right person hears about it. Getting your idea into the right person’s hands is not always as easy as it seems. It takes a lot of networking. There is an art to networking that you might not yet be aware of. Here are the key takeaways from this infographic.

1) Know How to Dine
Knowing how to dine in public and stagger your liquor intake might not seem that important when you are trying to get your business plan in front of the most influential person, but it is key when you are at a networking event. Many of the networking events that you will be attending involve a meal and wine. This means that you need to know how to dine and fuel up on water instead of alcohol to make sure that you have a clear mind. You need to be more concerned with socializing and engaging with others than you are with eating and drinking.

2) Scope it Out
It is always a good idea to do your research ahead of time and know who is going to be at the event that you are attending. This will enable you to start thinking about the people that have the most influence and resources. You want to make sure that you make a great impression and get in front of people that can help you make your idea come to life. Talking with the moderator of the event is always a good start. You should also be on the lookout for the quite ones in attendance. Those sitting back and watching just might be the ones that have the ability to give you what you need to get your idea off of the ground.

3) Know What You Want to Say
When you have to network yourself, you need to be prepared. This means that you need to know what you are going to say when you get in front of the right person at the event that has influence. You need to carefully think out how you will address those with power and always make sure that you are being polite. You never know who you are talking to and what connections they may have.