The Do’s & Don’ts of Networking

The Do’s & Don’ts of Networking

Networking is the process of building and maintaining relationships. It’s the development of a team that will support your efforts and the efforts of your network teammates to reach your respective goals. Networking is about forging bonds and sharing.

Networking Do’s:

  1. Believe networking will work
  2. Target the right audience
  3. Make a strong first impression
  4. Network with those you emulate
  5. Talk to everyone you meet
  6. Learn to read people
  7. LISTEN
  8. Be willing to help
  9. Be prepared
  10. Find common denominators
  11. Bring value
  12. Be honest, courteous, and fair
  13. Follow up
  14. Keep referrals informed
  15. Look at the big picture

Networking Don’ts:

  1. Don’t act desperate
  2. Don’t sell
  3. Don’t monopolize
  4. Don’t ask too soon
  5. Don’t solicit companies
  6. Don’t show off or brag
  7. Don’t interrupt
  8. Don’t just talk about you
  9. Don’t play it by ear
  10. Don’t misrepresent yourself
  11. Don’t promise what you can’t deliver
  12. Don’t pry
  13. Don’t linger with “hanger-ons”
  14. Don’t overextend
  15. Don’t get discouraged