The big secret to this is Networking.
I was able to land a very lucrative job with a big 5 global consultancy at a networking event. A job that paid me £85K back in my early career in corporate. I have also won numerous contracts for my business as a result of meeting or being introduced to someone at a networking event.
Regardless of your age, or profession you cannot deny the importance of networking and the huge impact it has on career development and personal growth. Networking deliver value in ways that you can only imagine both financially and in non- monetary terms. Through networking you can expand your knowledge and learn lots of new thing from the success stories of others. Networking also provides the opportunity for you to meet and be introduced to important people, potential clients, new job opportunities and sometimes even a life partner. Yes it has happened!
Networking is much more than showing up, grabbing some free drinks and snacks, and exchanging business cards. It’s all about connecting with like-minded people and taking the opportunity to listen to them, asking questions based on what they say and also talk about yourself or your business. The value of maintaining and forming a strong contact base and building the relationship can serve you well for years to come.
Studies show that first impressions are formed within 10 – 15 seconds of meeting someone. Believe me I know!
So always keep in the forefront of your mind that you will most likely not get a second chance, once an impression of you has been formed by somebody.
So, if you are determined to make an impact here’s what you need to know on how to impress while networking and nab that new job or contract –