How to Network (Navigating a Networking Event)

How to Network (Navigating a Networking Event)


Hey Ambitious Professionals! It’s Linda
Raynier of lindaraynier.com guiding you to a career and life you’ll truly enjoy.
In today’s video I am going to walk you through my five top tips on how to
socialize your way confidently casually yet professionally through any
networking event so that you can make new acquaintances and friends and be
able to improve your communication skills Ready to get the job you want? Top Notch
Interview is coming soon! For more info and free training head to JOINTNI.COM As a career strategist I’ve had the
honour of being able to help numerous professionals land their dream job
offers and so if this is something that you’re interested in working with me one
on one I can give you details about that at the end of this video many times when
we go to networking events we can feel very awkward we feel kind of nervous and
that all makes us not want to really talk to anybody and I know firsthand
because I’m this way I actually don’t really enjoy going to networking events
because I feel as though we have to force conversations with each other just
so that we feel accepted but at the same time I’ve learned to master some
techniques along the way and I know that you don’t have to feel awkward when
going to networking events so here are my five top tips on how to communicate
at networking events tip number one remember the point of a networking event
is to meet others not to get a job most networking events simply offer
opportunities for people to connect it’s not a job fair now if it is a job fair
that you’re going to then that’s a completely different story but that’s
not what I’m talking about today I have seen so many instances where I would be
at a networking event and you see that one or two people in the room who treat
the networking event as if it’s a job fair and you could tell they’re running
around the entire room going after each person handing out their resume handing
out their business card not even remembering people’s names not even
getting to know who they really are they’re just out for themselves and no
one likes that person no one wants to connect with that person and no one’s
going to refer that person to any job tip number two go with the intention to
make one new friend just one if you find more than one great here’s a different
way to see it instead of going to a networking event to look for contacts
you should actually go to a networking event with the intention to make one new
friend the reason for this is if you’re going to a networking event with the
mindset of finding new contacts all of a sudden that feels very cold and
intimidating but if you tell yourself that you’re just going to make a friend
and try to meet someone who you think you’re gonna be able to connect with
that all of a sudden changes the whole dynamic changes the energy for how you
carry yourself and it increases your chances of actually eventually making
that contact so if you’re going to a huge networking event why would you only
look for one friend well the truth is unlike in elementary school when we were
kids you’re not going to be able to go to this huge party and be able to make
10 friends all within an hour as adults that just doesn’t happen anymore so it’s
better to spend your time looking around the room and get to know just a small
handful of people and decide who you want to get closer in connection with in
terms of having deeper discussions with them throughout the evening and
exchanging contact information with them as well so the weight of you networking
events is to see them as opportunities to make a new friend yes I said a friend
not hundreds or tens or dozens of friends just a new friend which leads me
to my next point tip number three be curious if after this initial
conversation you find that the both of you do have a genuine curiosity for one
another you both are on the same wavelength and
you feel that this person could be that potential friend that you’re going to
connect with then it’s good throughout the evening you don’t have to stick by
them the whole evening but it’s good that if you go decide to talk to other
people you both end up talking to other people that once in a while you find
that person and you just check in to see how they’re enjoying it so what this
does is it establishes the new bond that you’ve just built with them through
multiple interactions and again that’s going to increase your chances of having
them as a real contact after the event is over and who knows that could lead to
a job offer one day tip number four hang out with them if the vibe seems good but
move on if not as much as you may like it when other people ask about you and
you talk about yourself you have to remember that other people like being
asked about them too so when first starting a conversation with an
individual at a networking event be curious about them ask them how do
you like the event so far ask them what they do ask them where they’re from you
know start it with just a few ice breaking types of questions get to know
them and within those first 10 to 15 seconds you’ll probably get a good vibe
as to whether you want to keep talking that person the rest of the evening or
whether it’s useful useful for you to maybe find someone else who you may have
a better connection with now being curious does not mean interrogation
don’t just stand there and ask them questions and not really listen to what
they’re saying you want to connect you want to understand what they’re saying
hear what they’re saying and have relevant stories to share with them and
finally tip number five make sure to say goodbye to that person if you’re leaving
first and connect online don’t forget to say goodbye and add them to LinkedIn if
you decide to leave the evening first taking the time to go up to them saying
goodbye to them shows that you genuinely value who they are value them as a human
being and again this increases the level of interaction between you two the level
of familiarity between you two and increases your chances of seeing that
person later on in the future so there you have it those are my five tips on
how to make a new friend at a networking event now if you’re someone who is
currently well into your job search you’ve been looking for a while you
haven’t had much success and you realize that you need one-on-one professional
help then feel free to reach out to me head on over to my website lindaraynier.com/standoutgethired read through the page fill in the application
form and if it seems as though we are a potential match then one of my team
members will be reaching out to you directly if you like this video then
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much for watching and I will see you in the next video Ready to get the job you want? Top Notch
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Author: Kevin Mason

34 thoughts on “How to Network (Navigating a Networking Event)

  1. I love this topic and I can totally relate to you about being an introvert person doesn't necessarily mean that we have to avoid people. Personally I'm trying to interact more often with people in order to increase my social circle and become a more confident person. Networking can be so powerful! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

  2. Love how you set the goal to make one new friend instead of to search for new contacts. This seems very manageable but also suggests an authentic, longer-lasting connection. Great video. Cheers!

  3. @Linda Raynier, can you give advice on going into a group interview? Sometimes it involves the manager, other managers and employees from the team, which can seem a little intimidating. Also, questions to ask the employer in a group interview.

  4. Oh true, how did you know I was an introvert as well.
    I am a software engineer who uses the excuse that I have to concentrate and focus my attention most of the time to ensuring projects are delivered on time but the actual fact is that I know I am struggling to network with others both on and off work properly.

    thanks for your educational videos. I learnt something here.

  5. Linda thanks for the video! I like your perspective of treating Networking events from a human perspective and not being selfish. Β I have a request. Is there a possibility to do another collaboration with Myke Macapinlac covering this subject? He was a great guest and I'm sure you and he can brainstorm and come up with great ideas. The reason I say this is because your approach to the networking event sounded very similar to speed dating but with genuine authenticity. But I'm sure Myke can add to those points from his dating coaching experience. Keep up with the GREAT work and continued success!

  6. Great film Linda, agree the mindset of attending networking needs to be 'how can I help you?' Your objective of making one friend is interesting. It is a networking event – meeting people is the goal, no? Perhaps this could be made easier by doing some preparation beforehand and know who's going to be at the event, get a delegate list, research the event, and possibly Link-In with people before the event?

  7. Great film Linda, agree the mindset of attending networking needs to be 'how can I help you?' Your objective of making one friend is interesting. It is a networking event – meeting people is the goal, no? Perhaps this could be made easier by doing some preparation beforehand and know who's going to be at the event, get a delegate list, research the event, and possibly Link-In with people before the event?

  8. Great film Linda, agree the mindset of attending networking needs to be 'how can I help you?' Your objective of making one friend is interesting. It is a networking event – meeting people is the goal, no? Perhaps this could be made easier by doing some preparation beforehand and know who's going to be at the event, get a delegate list, research the event, and possibly Link-In with people before the event?

  9. Great film Linda, agree the mindset of attending networking needs to be 'how can I help you?' Your objective of making one friend is interesting. It is a networking event – meeting people is the goal, no? Perhaps this could be made easier by doing some preparation beforehand and know who's going to be at the event, get a delegate list, research the event, and possibly Link-In with people before the event?

  10. Great film Linda, agree the mindset of attending networking needs to be 'how can I help you?' Your objective of making one friend is interesting. It is a networking event – meeting people is the goal, no? Perhaps this could be made easier by doing some preparation beforehand and know who's going to be at the event, get a delegate list, research the event, and possibly Link-In with people before the event?

  11. Great film Linda, agree the mindset of attending networking needs to be 'how can I help you?' Your objective of making one friend is interesting. It is a networking event – meeting people is the goal, no? Perhaps this could be made easier by doing some preparation beforehand and know who's going to be at the event, get a delegate list, research the event, and possibly Link-In with people before the event?

  12. Great film Linda, agree the mindset of attending networking needs to be 'how can I help you?' Your objective of making one friend is interesting. It is a networking event – meeting people is the goal, no? Perhaps this could be made easier by doing some preparation beforehand and know who's going to be at the event, get a delegate list, research the event, and possibly Link-In with people before the event?

  13. Hi Linda, that's a great tip but one thing how to "say no" for a job offer in a nice way by not directly making them feel bad, any tip of that? Thanks in advance, love.

  14. I think that my favourite tip is actually the second one: going to a networking event to make a friend .. it actually shifted my whole mindset because I am just never a fan of networking .. but now .. I think it just might be ..!

    thank you for sharing ..!

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