Want to Network?
I’ll be honest. I’m not the most social person but I have done a great job at networking and connecting with some amazing people around the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.
Here are some tips that may help you be successful as well.
Use LinkedIn to find people at a company you are interested in learning more about. If you have grown your LinkedIn connections you should be able to find somebody in your network that can connect you to a person in almost any company in the area. Reach out through the person you know and have them make an introduction for you.
Have a goal in mind. I tend to meet people for coffee so I can learn something about what they do. I’ve had a few business ideas that I have thought about starting and I have found people in my network who had experience in that field and asked them questions. I learned quite a bit and was able to make better decisions about getting started (or not).
Follow-up with the person you meet with. I always try to send out a tweet or LinkedIn message to the person I meet with after we meet to say thanks. Though we’ve moved into a digital age and handwritten thank you notes have vanished, a quick thank you lets the person you met with know that you value their time. I do this even if I was not the person who requested the meeting.
Even if somebody requests a meeting with me, I always research them via LinkedIn. Everybody knows something I don’t and while their goal might be learning or getting advice from me, I want to learn as well. Learn about who you are talking with and ask questions.
I’m always open to meet and talk marketing, sports, career paths with pretty much anyone. So, if you’d like to meet me, just connect with me via Twitter. I’ve made some long lasting business relationships and friendships through these coffee meetings.