Someone asked me this week "What is the main difference between people who are effective in their networking and those who are not?"
I replied that there were generally a number of factors. The first being that there are those that 'get it' and those that don't. By that I mean there are those who understand how networking works and some who have the idea that is some sort of selling or purely social activity.
The big difference, though, is with those that set aside time to spend following up with others. Investing time in getting to know, like, & trust them and then connecting them with the things they need to know and the people they need to know to help them achieve their busines objectives. You only get to know the relevant content and contacts in the context that is right for them by spending time with them.
In 'A simple way of standing out from the crowd' I wrote how you can stand out by becoming one of the proactive few who regularly follow up.
One simple way of ensuring you do this is to get in the habit of setting aside time in your diary for follow up and 121s after networking meetings.
I talk for a couple of minutes on follow up in this podcast, 'Follow up, Follow up, Follow up!'
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