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Get Connected With These 4 Simple Strategies To Network More Effectively

Posted by Amy Fawkes on April 13th, 2018 in Communication, Distance Learning.

Communication is key in the business world – and not only in your workplace.Networking-Strategies-Angli-Ruskin-Distance-Learning-min

If you’re trying to grow the client base of your current company or are on the hunt for a new role, learning how to communicate and build relationships effectively is a vital skillset.

That’s why we’ve put together a few helpful tips on how you can network with confidence at any social event.

  1. Use an icebreaker

Kicking conversation into full-flow is often the greatest challenge at an event in your industry.

But everyone else in the room is in the same position as you, and if you can employ an effective icebreaker you’ll be able to initiate conversations without appearing awkward.

This doesn’t mean you’ll need a zinger at the ready for everyone you talk to. Simply being able to discuss the event itself or talk about other events you’ve attended can give you enough conversational currency to spark a discussion into life.

  1. Know the end of a conversation

If an event is promoted well, you can expect a lot of people to attend – and that means you’re not the only person that a fellow guest wants to speak with.

Many of the conversations you have will be short and sweet, and will only scratch the surface of your mutual business interests – and that’s perfectly okay.

It’s important to respect that people may want to mingle with as many attendees as possible during an industry or networking event – so bow out of a conversation gracefully when it comes to its natural end and remember to leave your business card with anyone you’ve chatted to.

  1. Avoid ‘conversational narcissism’

The term ‘conversational narcissism’ was first coined by the sociologist Charles Derber and refers to the type of person who’s an expert at making every conversation about themselves.

There’s every chance that you’re one of these personality types without even realising it.

If a fellow guest begins discussing their workplace, for example, and you change the topic to discuss your problem, then you’re engaging in what’s known as a ‘shift-response’, allowing your egotism to rule over an empathetic reply.

To leave a good impression, engage in ‘support responses’. That means asking plenty of questions of the person you’re talking to that will continue the flow of conversation evenly.

  1. Reach out later

Meeting someone once can leave a lasting impression – but you’ll have to maintain contact if you want to build on that initial encounter.

Send a friendly email to your new contact to find out more about their professional needs, or connect with them on LinkedIn or Twitter and strike up a conversation there.

This further discussion will help you figure out if you can work alongside this new person and could cement a professional relationship further down the line.

There four tips will help you network a little more confidently. If you’d like to receive more workplace advice from us, take a look at these related articles:

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Amy Fawkes
Hello, my name is Amy and I blog about all things to do with Distance Learning for Anglia Ruskin University. I am based in the beautiful academic city of Cambridge in the UK and love exploring great ways to bring Higher Education to those who cannot study full-time on campus.
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