The Do’s & Don’ts of Networking|Jill Lublin

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
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