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Savvy Networking Know-How (Part 2)

In my last post, I revealed to you three tips for Savvy Networking Know-How. In today’€™s post, I’€™m delighted to give away three more!

If your calendar is anything like mine with the end of the year approaching, your days are starting to fill-up with festive parties and the final networking functions for 2013.

For some, networking is a natural extension of their day at the office. For others, it conjures up images uncertainty and a lot of worry.

When should you arrive? What should you wear? How can you stand out in a crowd full of uber-professional, savvy business people?

Savvy networking know-how can be achieved by anybody (students, entry-level, or highly-experienced) if they approach the networking event with the right mindset.

In today’€™s post, I’€™m continuing on with body language (as promised), and I’€™ll also share other important tips to help you get through all of those end-of-year parties, and to start 2014 off with a bang.

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Read Tips 1, 2, and 3 here.

4. Establish Authority With Your Posture

Powerful body language poses can immediately change your impression from meek and insecure to poised and powerful, regardless of how you truly feel inside.

Confident body language stems from good posture. Hold your rib cage up and keep your head held high.

When you hold your head high you expose your neck, the most vulnerable part of your body, and you shout out to the networking crowd, “I’€™m not afraid”€.

Body language does not only influence how others perceive us, it also influences how we perceive ourselves.

When you adopt powerful body language poses for long enough, you end up convincing yourself that you are confident and powerful too.

You can read more about “Body Language Secrets for a Powerful, Professional Image”€ in one of my previous posts.

5. Arrive at the Designated Start Time, or Within 15 Minutes

Why do I advise professionals to arrive early at networking events? Because you can see who enters the room and you can be the first to speak with them.

In my experience, if you arrive late to a networking event, groups have already been formed and the people whom you want to meet are already engaged in conversation.

Breaking into a conversation is much more difficult that starting a fresh conversation with somebody who has just entered the room.

6. Follow up the Very Next Day

The networking event may be over, but the networking does not stop there.

The purpose of a networking event is to give you the first point of contact with potential clients or decision makers for your career. To move that first contact toward a fruitful and lasting business relationship, you need to maintain contact after the event.

Start by sending a short e-mail or handwritten note on quality business stationary to each person you met at the networking event.

Send the note the very next day, and don’t forget to mention something special about the conversation you had together. Your thoughtfulness and promptness will show the other person that they weren’€™t just another business card on the pile.

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I’€™d love for you to leave a comment in the section below. Has your career or business been helped by somebody you met at a networking event?

About Kara

Kara Ronin is an international business etiquette expert and founder of Executive Impressions. Kara’s advice and unique perspectives have been featured in Time Inc., Business Insider India, Ignites Europe (a Financial Times Service), The Daily Muse, Women 2.0, and more. Kara offers corporate seminars and online training programs on business etiquette, leadership skills, and executive communication around the world. Get Kara's insights delivered straight to your inbox