Monday, March 7, 2016

How to Network like a Rockstar

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Hat - Hamlet's Vintage
Sunglasses - Beacon's Closet
Coat - Etsy Shop Noir Ohio
Dress - The Bargain District
Shoes - ASOS











Hi lovelies! A few weeks ago after some vintage fashion events and parties I had several friends comment on my networking skills and asked how I do it so well. I may seem like a networking pro but believe me it took years to learn how to truly network. I used to struggle with being shy at times and would often avoid any situation where I would have to be social. It's so easy for me now and I don't even notice that I'm networking at times. I love making real and meaningful connections with any and everyone I encounter. I don't network with the agenda of getting anything in return but just to simply connect. I think networking and connecting to others is so amazing and so much fun. I can't imagine my life without some of the fabulous people I've met and great opportunities I've had all through the power of networking.


I never really answered my friends’ question on my networking strategy. I kind of took it as a compliment. So here are my tips for networking like a rock star whether its for promoting your business, blog, finding a job, looking to expand your network of friends or dating.


Get out and be social
  • Find events where you can network with new people and if possible go alone
  • This may be the hardest part because it entails not only finding events but going solo without friends to chat with
  • I always have my eyes and ears open for events to attend that reflect my interests or new things I want to try or learn about
  • I discover most events on Facebook, Meetup.com, Time Out New York, and college alumni events
  • Also if my schedule permits, I almost always say YES to invites for just about anything from friends and new acquaintances
  • I find that I make the most powerful connections when I attend events and parties alone
  • It forces me to talk to strangers instead of mostly my friends and makes me easily approachable
  • But trust me, over time it gets easier to attend events and parties solo
  • I have a super long list of great friends and contacts that I’ve met while out and about at an event alone


Strike up a Convo
  • This used to be the main reason I didn't like attending parties or events, especially alone
  • I had no idea how to break the ice and start a convo with someone I’d never met before
  • It’s so nerve racking and I used to never knew what to say
  • But now I make myself approachable by making eye contact, smiling and being fully prepared with small talk and my elevator pitch
  • I’m always my cool and funny self and make sure people know that’s who I am within the first minutes of talking with me
  • Remember it only takes a few seconds to make a good impression
  • If no one approaches me which isn’t usually the case, I will stand near someone with a good vibe and start to ask them how they learned about the event or party that we are attending
  • Also, flattery will get you everywhere, when it’s sincere of course
  • If I genuinely dig someone’s shoes I make sure to let them know
  • Make sure to wear something that reflects your personal style and that makes you feel great
  • As a blogger who is obsessed with bright and colorful vintage fashion, I like to wear show stopping pieces that tend to start a conversation all on their own


Exchange Info & Follow Up
  • Make sure to exchange phone numbers, e-mail and or connect on social media with everyone one you talk to no matter how long you chat with them
  • I used to always forgot to exchange info and regretted it so much right after the person left or the next day
  • Get a business card made even if you it’s just a personal one
  • Make sure to bring a stack of them and have them easily accessible
  • I like to exchange cards if there isn’t much time to save the person’s phone number or connect right there on social media
  • I think it’s best to save the person’s info or connect on social media right then and there as it’s possible to forget to connect later
  • Make sure to send a follow up e-mail, text, or message or social media the next day or at least the following week
  • Otherwise your new contact may not remember you right away
  • I like to invite the person I just met out for coffee, drinks, a bite to eat or an activity or event we may have discussed
  • And voilà, you should soon find networking a breeze and fun as well as meet some pretty fabulous folks like I have!
  • I never would have scored this fabulous dress if I hadn't attended The Bargain District's store opening party and stayed connected with Monique, the fabulous girl who runs the shop

What are your networking tips? How has networking had an impact on your life?


Love,
Leigh

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