With social media it can be easy to underestimate the power of actual interaction beyond what can happen in the virtual world. Sometimes we look forward to the easiness of connecting with someone in the comfort of our own home, without investing a lot of time and effort to making it happen.
Relationships, along with most other things, follow the rule: the more you put in, the more you get out. That is why one of the most valuable pieces of advice in this Fame Appeal article is “Get out of the house.” Even if there is a price of admission – getting into an event that will help you make some face-to-face contacts is worth the investment.
The article offers seven unique and easy ways to change your in-real-life networking tactics for the better.
Being prepared is half the battle. A few of these tips offer unique, imaginative, and confident responses to basic get-to-know-you questions, such as where are you from and what do you do?
It’s important to remember that a sense of humor and some “pizzazz” is always a plus. For example, an unexpected and memorable response to the question, “Where are you from?”- would be, “Well I live close enough to get here in under 30 minutes!” This great answer not only answers the practical question at hand, but also shows that you have a bit of imagination.
Another interesting tip in the article is to invest some effort and money in the best possible business cards. “Spend the time and get crisp high quality business cards because it is a representation of who you are.”
Remember – you want to be memorable. “Even if you are looking for a job as a librarian or an accountant, dress in a manner that shows you have some style and personality, because that will make the person you are talking to remember you and want to learn more about you. I repeat dress well. Please go and watch an episode of Mad Men and you will know what I am talking about.”
What have you noticed makes networking easier? Who do you remember when you network?
Ritu Walia is myGreenlight’s Member Coordinator.