Nick Ikonomou business coach on business networking

I’m not suggesting for one moment that you should stop networking, but, if you are going to do it, do it well.
Classic pitfalls are: Only going once or twice to a particular event that normally is an ongoing commitment, not really wanting to be there, being disinterested, not caring about what other people have to say, spending the majority of the time talking about yourself, not taking enough business cards, not taking deoderant or mints (ha), arriving late, leaving early, talking throughout presentations, worrying too much about the food or the facilities instead of the opportunity, trying to sell to people at the event, trying to poach people to other events, only spending time with the people you know or not showing a happy presence. Do I need to go on? I think you get the picture. There is so much to networking. So, to turn it around, you can use the Dont’s as a checklist. However, turn them around to the opposites, eg. Do …… Then, just before you enter, read them all out to yourself and guess what, you are now in the right shape to do some serious (fun) networking.
If you’re looking to be a gun networker and need some polishing, please let me know and we can look at the way we can assist you.