Networking: Your Secret Superpower II

Posted on Saturday, May 11th, 2013 at 8:22 PM

By Women of West Africa Enterprenuership

Following on from our post on Monday here’s part 2 to “Networking: Your Secret Superpower – thanks for all the positive comments. Why not test out your new networking skills at WOWe next month! It’s set to be a life changing event and it’s causing quite a following on Facebook too with over 10,000 empowered West African women joining the movement.  Join us too!

4 Steps to Successful Networking

Access All Possible Networks

Online networks, social groups, business associates, professional associations and formal business networking groups are all great places for you to practice your networking skills, meet new people and build deeper relationships with those you know already.

Perfect Your Introduction

If you haven’t planned and practiced this you risk it lacking impact or even worse turning into a rambling waffle that bores the person you’ve just introduced yourself to. You ought to have a 1 liner that explains what your business does including its USP, ready to fire into a conversation and ignite interest. If your introduction is good, people will ask more questions so don’t worry that you won’t be able to tell them everything you’d like to about your business.

Work Your Conversational Skills

Don’t just talk at people, ask them questions about who they are, what they do, where they’ve come from – you’ll be amazed at the amount of useful information people are prepared to share with you and you can often uncover synergies you’d never have thought of, just by listening carefully.

Give Something Back

You should always try to give what you can in any networking situation, be than connections, information or just a listening ear, whether or not you think you’re going to get anything in return. It is essential that you try to do this with people you’d like to work with as it indicates a willingness to collaborate and support others. What goes around comes around eventually, even if not directly from the people you helped; although you’ll be amazed at how far people will go to help you in return for a relatively small kindness that you offered them in the past.

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    • Lovely May 12, 2013 at 2:51 AM

      Ouch! #wow

    • jcsgrl May 14, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      You should always try to give what you can in any networking situation, be than connections, information or just a listening ear, whether or not you think you’re going to get anything in return.
      Gbam! This point should be drummed to university graduates who immediately start asking you to find them job as soon as they find out what you’re doing. Can you bring something to the table? Does what I do fit into what you want to do? Do you want to learn and grown at whatever costs even if it means volunteering or you just want a job? When I first started in my career, I worked for free for several years just to get a foot in the door as I no get paper. I worked night shift and showed up in the morning to volunteer for a few hours a week at least until I was not needed. Though the company I worked for couldn’t hire me eventually bcos of paper matter but when I eventually sorted myself out, the experience I got from volunteering landed me a nice job.