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Networking is a big part of business, especially when it comes to growing your own.  Entrepreneur came up with 5 Steps to Seriously Improve Your Networking, and they’re a lot simpler than you’d think.

  1. Mindset:  Relationships are not work! If you go in thinking that these conversations are for work, you’ll seriously be lacking.  Instead of thinking this person is going to be a business contact, think of them as a potential friend, and find something you have in common!
  2. Destination: Make a plan! This is where goal setting comes in.  Where do you want to be 5, 10 years from now? What do you want to accomplish?  Figure that out, and then you’ll figure out the kind of people that will help you get there.
  3. Map:  You know your destination now, right?  Well, now it’s time to make it official and write it down!  That means write down your goals, and for each goal, write down three potential friends that are going to help you reach that goal.
  4. Building a Human Connection: Here’s where networking as we know it comes in.  Remember, this is a potential friend, so how does one build that genuine connection? By asking insightful questions, by paying attention, and by remembering that better questions receive better answers.
  5. Super Connecting: The final step is just helping other people connect! Introduce one of your new friends to someone you already know! That way, you’re creating an inner circle of the people that you know can help you reach your destination!

Voila! Now get there and practice those new skills!

Reference: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/245995

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In today’s society, it’s not just what you know anymore, but who you know as well. Business conferences are a reliaDynamic Edge Consulting- Unsplash photo for blog postble way to accrue knowledge and widen your network. There are many different ways to get the most out of the conference that you attend.

In preparation for the main event, there are a few things to keep in mind. Knowing the attendees of the conference will allow you to see who you would like to connect with ahead of time. If possible, get in contact with them to ensure a meet and greet. To make the most out of what you will learn from the attendees and the conference, make sure to have questions and topics of what you want to learn. “How can I improve on this skill-set? What are the steps that led you to success? What are some best practices that I can implement to my daily habits?”

On the day of the conference, treat it like you would when preparing for a test. Go to bed early, prepare the clothes that you are going to wear, and set your alarm clock the night before. On the morning of the conference, eat breakfast! Your energy and attention need to be refreshed, and it’s better to keep your hands free of food during most of the conference.

Making good first impressions is an important factor during conferences, especially since you have a short amount of time to meet the people you want to meet. How put together do you look? Are your clothes ironed? Your demeanor and nonverbal communication are two very important factors to keep in mind when you are introducing yourself to a potential mentor or business contact.

During the start of the conference, make sure your confidence is up! You are well prepared and are set up to have good interactions. Don’t have reservations in approaching the people that you need to attach. Make sure to let them know of your intent in meeting with them and building a professional relationship!

With the proper preparation, conferences are a wonderful way to gain knowledge and exponentially develop yourself.