Javier 🐝 beBee en Conferences and events, beBee in English, Networking Founder & CEO • beBee 27/9/2017 · 1 min de lectura · 3,6K

Networking: Meet and Mingle! Get yourself out there!

Networking: Meet and Mingle! Get yourself out there!

Here’s one of the most important things to remember when it comes to networking; it’s a two-way street. This means that whenever you meet someone, you need to ask them as much as possible regarding their interests, as well as informing them them about yours. You could ask the following question: What can I do for you?  There’s no possible way to network with everyone. You can do this by asking yourself whether or not you can help each other. Keep in mind that you present yourself as a problem solver, and not just another name in their address book. And you should be looking for someone who has the same traits. Healthy relationships are a win-win combination. Whenever you meet a business contact there may be some chat about work and your industry but the main topics of conversation will be what your interests are and what you have in common.

Get yourself out there!. Take up something like any sport or a cooking class to meet new people who have similar interests as you.  Remember, people are more relaxed in social settings, so it’s one of the best chances to strike up a conversation. We are humans, professionals are humans.

Spend Time Social Networking! This doesn’t mean that you have to let social networking consume your life. What it means is that you should use social networking to your advantage.

Surround yourself with smarter people!  You should feel like you will never be as awesome or as smart as those near you. And with that constantly hovering around your head it makes you strive to become better.

Remember this: Ask how you can help them.

Don't make the mistake of thinking only about your own personal interest or agenda when networking. I have found that the most effective networking method is to ask what you can do for others, not what others can do for you. The connections you make, either personal or business, are more likely to help you in the future if you helped them before.

With an integrated personal and professional profile, you can connect with people based on shared hobbies, passions or interests. Not only does this help start the conversation, you may also find you develop a stronger, more successful business relationships by being able to bond over something outside of office talk.

Business networking is getting more casual

People Do Business With People, People Hire People - not Resumes

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The best way to succeed is helping people

It's H2H: Human to Human. Business is about People.

People are attracted to people whom they believe have their best interests at heart. Show genuinely your interest.

Spot on! Business is about people. Excellent buzz, @Javier 🐝 beBee.

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Joel Anderson 19/11/2017 · #10

H2H indeed.

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Cyndi Docy 1/10/2017 · #9

Thank you for your great viewpoint. You always post such helpful things.

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Mamen 🐝 Delgado 28/9/2017 · #8

#1 You are simply the best... 😂😂

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mohammed khalaf 28/9/2017 · #6

Javier writes with an arresting openness and honesty about who he is.

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David B. Grinberg 28/9/2017 · #5

Thanks for sharing more words of wisdom, Javier. You make so many excellent points, as always, which we should all take to heart. I would note the following to buttress your potent points:
1) It's been said the best conversationalists are a good listeners. Thus, practice "active listening." Moreover, as iconic U.S. TV/radio talk show host, Larry King, and other have said, "I never learned anything while talking."
2) But when you do talk, recall the late Dale Carnegie who wrote in his 1930s seminal book, "How to Win Friends and Influence People":
"The only way on Earth to influence the other fellow [person] is talk about what he [she] wants and show him [her] how to get it...You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you."
3) Although social media networking is a great start, it’s also important to meet your connections in person, to the extent possible. This solidifies budding relationships and makes you stand out in a crowd. However, too many young people today appear more eager to text than talk. They would rather use Facebook over meeting face to face. But Millennials and Gen Z should not rely on social media networking alone, nor should anyone. That’s just one tool and can’t replace the human element.
cc: @John White, MBA @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

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