What are good networking strategies?
I am looking to build a good aggressive referral networking group in the Washington DC Metro. Do you have any good recommendations for good networking strategies?
just join many online forums. FB, TWITTER, Networking events, etc...
Networking groups are an awesome way to share your service, product or idea.
Most important that most of us miss is help others before helping yourself.
Hampton, I'm figuring you are doing this more for professional purposes. If that's the case, do you happen to already have mentors/trusted colleagues that know people in the DC metro area? I find the most value in referrals, and that is one way that I grow my network. Also as many others have suggested, getting on LinkedIn and joining groups that are relevant to you are important, and attending as many events as you can to meet and connect with people.
To increase your network you must appeal to the people you are aiming to connect with. Some people think this means you should compromise your true character to be noticed, but in reality it means to continue to be yourself and keep your integrity. When going to networking events make sure you go with a purpose and not to just socialize.
Visualizing your target contacts, whether they be buyers, colleagues, etc, and thinking about where they frequent, online or offline, is a good start. Make sure you bring value, and that any networking relationship is mutually beneficial.
Business people, in particular, are very experienced in screening out the "salespeople in a networking suit."
That's the best advice I can give. A lot of networking should be natural, un-forced, and honed from building relationships over time.
Check on LinkedIn. I am sure there will be groups listed there.
A strong network operates like any business with a solid value proposition. You should be useful to others. So focus on giving them something that they want and/or need. They come first. Then, when and if you need something in return, you aren't being greedy. You're just doing what people who have developed an understanding or relationship do.
Networking is about connecting people (new and old as well),building and Nurturing the relationships with them.
According to my opinion and experience, for Effective Results from "Good Networking", one may adopt following tack tits/measures:
1.Set Goals: Bifurcate into Short, Medium and Long term even in every area of life
2. Build Your Networking Muscle: attend lots of networking events i.e. Seminar/workshop/lectures etc.
3. Develop Thick Skin: means Earn a lot of Passion to hearing “No”, over and over and over again
4. Be Nice to Everyone You Meet
5. Be Giving: give your time, advice and especially your Referrals
6. Grow Your Relationship Database: it may consist of In-Person and Online Networking Groups
7. Communicate: regularly with your networking database
8. Keep it Simple
9. Build Rapport: be People Magnet rather People Repellent. Look and Act Positive, Warm and Friendly
10. Access Available Resources: these can be your family, friends or Colleagues. These can be your college associations, Alumni etc.
If you have some time then read books like "The Power of Women United", an inspirational and informative book on networking.
In my experience I have noticed that when I spend more time during a networking event and develop a relationship, it usually makes it easy to send in my request on my needs. Due to spending time at the first meeting and following up later to get to know someone, I also find out the person's needs.
When I meet such needs when I can or direct the person to where he or she can find solution, that makes the relationship solid and makes it easier to make my request.
EYou can read the detail from this link http://m.businessknowhow.com/marketing/business-networking.htm.
Networking is about "giving", it's a two-way relationship.
Linkedin, Meetup.com, BNI, etc are just tools and channels for networking.
As the old saying goes: "Networking is not about who you know, it's about who knows you."
Here are some recommendations:
1- Read "Never Eat Alone" by Keith Ferrazzi
2- Offer your services or products for free to your favorite charity organizations. Move something for them, or host a speech on best ways to save when moving ... stuff like that.
3- Polish your online networking. For example, if you're trying to promote "Olympia Moving & Storage" in DC area, then your links should direct visitors to that website. The blog (I love it, by the way) has nothing to do with moving. That may confuse visitors to your profile.
4- Before joining BNI, attend as a guest, get a feel if it's for you (it's not for everyone).
5- Go to meetup.com events in your area, or start a new one.
6- DC is a great location for conferences and trade shows. Trade shows offer a great chance to meet new people from different parts of the country.
Hope this helped.