By Eddie D. Love
Spring has sprung and the summer solstice is rapidly approaching! I’m no meteorologist, but I’m almost certain that we’re in for another scorching hot summer here in the Queen City! You do know what that means, right? Cookouts, cookouts, and more cookouts (Now Accepting Invites)…Just kidding, although I do love a good summer BBQ! Summertime in the Queen City never disappoints when it comes to music festivals, concerts, cultural events, and fun outdoor networking events. Here’s a few tips that will help you make an impact on the people you meet while networking this spring and summer.
Dress to impress
First impressions are typically the best impressions and fashion choices can negatively or positively impact your networking experience. My advice, keep it classy and comfortable. Be sure not to overdress because you want to stay cool, especially if the event is outdoors. On the other hand, be careful not to underdress and be tasteful with your attire. You never know who you’ll run into when you’re at networking events and people do judge books by their cover!
Business cards on deck
The other day I heard someone say, “Social media is the new business card”. I can see their point but I beg to differ on that one. Business cards are still and will always remain professional because they send a clear message to people that you’re serious about your craft! It also lets them know that you’ve invested in yourself and that you’re open for business. It may seem old fashion to carry a stack of business cards around with you but it still works, trust me!
Tell a good story
Who doesn’t love a good story? It could be something that happened as you were driving to the event or something funny that happened 10 years ago. There’s a nostalgic human element wrapped up in storytelling and people are more likely to remember you even if the story was awful. You’ll find it easier to navigate through the crowd once you’ve told a few good stories and people will be drawn to you like a moths to a flame.
I bid you good luck as you put these powerful networking tips to work at the next function you attend! Peace & Love!