3 Ways to Become a Memorable Networker

When you go to networking events you want to set yourself up to be a memorable networker.

People want to feel appreciated, interesting and valued.  They want to feel good after all.

Making others feel good when they talk with you gives them a positive association and a favorable opinion of you.

If you are wanting to be a Networker and are looking to find networking groups you should check out meetup.com for groups in your area.

Be  A Communicator

We live in a very distracted society these days and people multitask at every turn. How many of you have written emails while being on a conference call?

You need to be able to clearly communicate who you are and what you do. Some people struggle with this as they have been programed to do a 30 second commercial or elevator pitch rather than be communicative and friendly.networker

When you talk to people don’t sound like a robot or someone reading from the brochure. Talk in a relax communicative way and keep away from industry jargon.

Try and put what you say in a way that the person you are talking to can see the benefits you offer.  As an example don’t say “I’m an account” say, “I hep small business save money on their taxes”

A memorable introduction does not have to be witty or funny but succinct, to the point, easily understood and said with a smile and confidence.

Be a Conscientious Connector

Be remembered, and one way to do that is by being a connector.  People will appreciate your efforts in connecting people to others.

Be prepared to start conversations with people you don’t know and you don’t have to be an extrovert to do this.  Good Conversation Starters can be based on knowing a bit about the host or the speaker and this will allows you to start a conversation.

Lead the way in welcoming new people to the group and introducing them to others in the group.

A new person will appreciate the friendliness and  the introductions to others at the meeting.

Another great aspect of being a conscientious connector is to make strategic introductions.  Find some one from the group and find people who are still looking for referrals or customers.  Understand their needs and introduce them to other members of the group who could help them.

Don’t Forget to Follow-Up on the Follow-Up

We all have that pile of business cards on our desk or in a draw.  We have not followed up because we got busy, got distracted or connectorprocrastinated.  So don’t waste those conversations!

Be timely, 80% of networkers do not follow up on conversations they have had at networking meetings.  Simply by following up, a phone call, a quick email, a card or handwritten note is going to differentiate you from the other 80%!

When you follow up make sure you remind them how you met.  Many people go to many meetings and may not remember how you met.

If you promised to do something MAKE SURE you do what you said you were going to do.  There is nothing worse than not following through with your commitments.

Avoid at all costs adding people to your mail list or newsletter list without their permission.Remember having someone’s business card does not give you permission to add them to your mail list.

Instead send them an email with instructions on how they can subscribe to your mail list or newsletter.

Finally, connect with the people you met at the meetings on social media so you can keep the relationship and conversation going on-line as well.  Remember to personalize your connection request rather than using the generic one in the system. This will help you be that memorable networker.

27 Replies to “3 Ways to Become a Memorable Networker”

  1. Great advice! I see so many networkers out just to make sales, add clients, etc., and not make connections. Making connections, and being able to help others connect with someone who can solve their challenge, increases your credibility, their trust in you, and makes you memorable because you want to assist them and not just pitch them.

  2. It’s amazing how much our world has evolved but yet we’re still very much the same hundreds of years ago. Yes, we have technology to make our lives better but at the end of the day, technology cannot replace relationships or making connections. Great post!

  3. Great post Andy. Building strong and lasting relationships is the key to long term success no matter what type of business you are involved in. Keep up the good work brother. Have a great day.

  4. You share some valid points in regards to communication, especially the last one on the follow up. It’s very important to ensure that you follow up with your customer or client to ensure that they are taken care of. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Andy,

    Being a mindful connector makes all the different. I use first names online and offline as much as possible. Make an intimate, strong bond with your friends, and develop strong bonds with new friends to become memorable.

    Super tips.

  6. I love this post. Especially the section about becoming an effective communicator. It’s amazing to think that things like Facebook, twitter, text and emails – tools that should make us communicate more have actually caused us to communicate less. There’s nothing like having a good face to face with someone! Brilliant tips.

  7. Very insightful advice Andy. I especially like the follow up on the follow up. That’s the money maker right there. I wish more people would realize that the follow up is what separates the winners from the losers.

    Thanks for the great post!

  8. Awesome tips, Andy. It’s so true about following up. It’s essential, but usually not done. I think it’s more than just busyness, though. I think people are afraid to follow up and they also aren’t sure how.

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