How to Improve Networking Skills

In the office: Smile when you want to talk to a person. Then, say your shirt or mobile is good. Ask, questions like , where you are from?  then you can start conversation.

in the office, when you deal with your mentors/Team leads Ask more questions, and just Listen, do not interrupt what they are saying.

Source CBS Money Watch:

1. Ask questions before meetings. The first few minutes of any local business group meeting is an excellent time to network. The atmosphere is casual and the conversation is light. Ask two or three neutral questions, such as where a person previously worked. Another good opener is, “I’m curious, where are you originally from?” That is an easy, non-threatening way to find something you have in common.

2. Talk to fellow passengers. Practice networking while in transit. When you sit down, smile and say hello. Ask if your seat mate is heading to a meeting or heading home. Of course, you also should respect the person’s body language and personal space. If the person shifts away from you, that’s a sign he or she wants to be left alone.

3. Use a book as a prop. This is an anti-networking tip. When you network on planes and trains, carry a book or an e-reader and have it visible. “When you first talk to someone, this indicates that you have something else to do and won’t necessarily talk his or her ear off,” Darling says. And if the person turns out to be boring, she adds, you can begin reading right away.

4. Network at conferences and trade shows. When you have a booth, make a point of catching people’s eyes when they approach. “If the person is also an exhibitor, ask questions such as how many shows she or he typically attends in a year or what in particular she or he likes about this one,” Darling advises. If the person is an attendee, ask him before you do too much talking. Monopolize the listening, not the speaking. Remember, you learn more listening to others than talking their ears off. Don’t be that guy or gal.

5. Stalk, but nicely. If you’re attending a conference or trade show, consider if there is someone specific you want to meet. Read speakers’ bios. Make the connection a week or so in advance via e-mail and by phone. But don’t overcommit yourself. “You can quickly run out of time,” Darling warns, “and canceling appointments at shows is not professional.”

So what can you give the people you meet? Listen to their needs and then sincerely seek to connect them with the contacts, information, or prospects they are looking for. You will find that the more you feed others, the more you will get fed.

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Author: Srini

Experienced software developer. Skills in Development, Coding, Testing and Debugging. Good Data analytic skills (Data Warehousing and BI). Also skills in Mainframe.