This will be an ongoing list of networking tips from a regular guy making his way through this wacky wacky world of reality and social networking. Hope you enjoy and please comment and let me know what you think:
Networking Tip #1: Just ask people to meet once you establish a good foundation. Don’t be afraid many people want to meet face to face! Jokingly I told people a while back I had a 98% success rate on my asking, but went back and looked at numbers and yes since Jan 2010 I have met with 67 people face to face many asks on my part. Only one in a round about way turned me down. Not bad hey.
Networking Tip #2: Be yourself when meeting with experienced professionals. they want to know the whole you. Don’t let titles scare you!
Networking Tip #3: If I ask I pay or if this is the first time me and this individual have met. Additionally, if the meeting goes well you will get a second meeting! We are a pretty “keep it socially equal” type society which is awesome to social networking. The “Hey I owe you lunch or coffee” subject is awesome from my perspective.
Networking Tip #4: Build a connection hub for yourself and own your online presence! Where your at is mine. All my other profiles point back to this one and I point this to my most prominent digital landscape. This way people can explore everything about me, but they get the 3D personality in real life
Networking Tip #5: Set up Google Alerts for your email addresses and name to be notified when it is used online.
Networking Tip #6: Use Twitter to connect with really interesting, action oriented, passionate people. Even better if you do not know them. Start a conversation and engage to build that relationship. I find this community has the lowest barrier to connect and start a conversation, which is key when finding people from your industry vertical or not.
Networking Tip #7: In the course of meeting someone live or online (encourage both as a strategy) they offer up a name you should talk with or meet, politely ask for an introduction. When this social capital exchange happens, good indicator it is going well or it did go well!
Networking Tip #8: Call people when you have not connected in a while. Call them for no reason at all. Facebook.com has a darn nice Phonebook (you should go check it out). Maybe call to line up schedules for that first meet up. Personally I have been doing more of this especially with DM’s on twitter or @replies with questions.
Networking Tip #9: Put some time into profile Bio within all your accounts you have established. This is your 30sec commercial for yourself. It also helps people know who you are. Make sure to follow have the link back to #4.
Networking Tip #10: Organize your Facebook contacts into groups that make sense to you. This makes for targeted communications fast. If you have not started start today and keep up while you add new contacts.
Networking Tip #11: Find the Fan Pages you are passionate about and invite others to join these fan pages. It is right under the logo on the Fan Page. This creates the “Like” in the News Feed and people start making connections this way.
Networking Tip #12: Use your Lists for organizing your signal on twitter! Especially useful on a mobile app to be able to go to a certain list and scroll and scan the information to engage and make connections with.
Networking Tip #13: There are plenty of events to go to in any town, start going to them! Regardless of membership or being in your industry. When you sign up for these events tell everyone you are going. Then when at an event meet at least 2 new people. I know this sounds corny, but if you talk to the same people online as well as offline, I feel you are missing out.
Networking Tip #14: My last tip and this one I think is the best one and love doing this all the time. When you see two, three or even four people you know that don’t know each other and should (of course insert biased opinion here) introduce them! Or if people want to meet some one you know you use the reverse of #7. I personally do this all the time and for me it feels good to connect people!
So I hope this helps it you were wondering how to make the book you just read become reality. My best advice for social networking is that it is an on going experiment. Being curious, wanting to connect, wanting to learn, wanting to create, wanting to improve and wanting help will be key behaviors to an on going successful experiment within social networking.
Oh and one final thought “Go forth and Cross Pollinate those Verticals” – @keithprivette