How to make the most of networking

As a training professional, you’re probably already equipped with the personable skills that make you a natural networker, but if you’re in need of a refresh, our specialist consultants have come up with some tips to ensure you’re on fine form.

Networking in person

Before attending any networking event, you should consider what kind of questions and conversation starters you might use. Whilst you’re at the event, consider how your body language might influence people’s perception of you. Try and maintain good eye contact and speak with confidence.

If appropriate, swap business cards or contact details with fellow attendees so that you can keep in touch. Follow up with these contacts after the event to stay informed of industry news and opportunities.

Networking online

Social networking is about more than just LinkedIn. Consider using Twitter and Facebook to seek information about people, companies and industry news.

Social networking can give you:

  • Exposure to company information, allowing you to gain knowledge of the company and find out what types of people they are looking for.
  • An insight to job opportunities by ‘liking’ different companies and ‘connecting’ to different people in relevant industries to remain informed.
  • Insight to events where you’ll have the opportunity to meet recruiters face-to-face.

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