5 Tips for Effective Networking

EHL Editorial Team | 23 Feb, 2016

Many of us dread walking into a room and introducing ourselves to strangers but knowing how to efficiently network can be invaluable for making contacts and creating opportunities in the world of work. In fact, 80% of jobs are found through networking.That is even truer when it comes to the hospitality industry, where the sense of contact and service play a key role. 

As EHL's bi-annual Career Fair approaches, Sandra Trincat, our Personal Development and Career Coach describes what is “effective networking” based on the win-win approach:

“Building a professional image, a personal brand is about credibility and openness, being authentic, through giving, sharing with others, and adding value. This combination (branding and networking) is what leads to your reputation.”

Here are a few tips to help you succeed in working the room like a pro:

1- BE ON TIME

Always show up early, even when others aren’t. You never know who is watching, and believe it – everyone takes notice. , see who everyone is and make a list of the people you want to get to know better.

2- SPEAK UP AND SMILE

It’s an ice-breaker and will help others feel at ease around you. You always want to appear warm and inviting so that others will want to have a conversation with you. Make sure to work on your speaking voice, and be able to tell others clearly and succinctly what you want to do and how they can help you do it. You may only get one chance to speak to that CEO and you want to make sure it’s worthwhile.

3- ASK QUESTIONS AND LEARN TO LISTEN

Asking questions is invaluable in any industry when you are trying to move up the ladder or get your feet in the door. However, make sure you allow people to also share their story and ask yourself “What can I offer this person?”

4- JOIN NUMEROUS AND DIVERSE GROUPS

There is no harm in networking with a lot of people. You will be surprised how many connections you will make, and can weed out the valuable ones in time. When you are in a number of different groups, you will go far in the “one hand washes another” scenario.

5- FOLLOW UP

This will let them know you are truly interested in what they have to say, and you will have developed a relationship and resource you may need later in life.

Finally, remember that

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