“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” This quote is becoming increasingly more important in the business world. The connections and contacts we make are vital to the success of our businesses and careers. Having the ability to connect with your peers and build lasting relationships will allow you to take your business or career to the next level. Of course it is very easy to stress the importance of networking and relationship building, but it is something that can be very difficult and stressful for some of us. Here are some things to keep in mind when building your network:

1. Practice

As the old saying goes, ‘practice makes perfect.’ The only way to become effective at networking and building relationships is by practicing. Frequently attending networking events and talking to a wide variety of people will increase your confidence and ability to make those effective relationships.

2. Listen

When connecting with peers it is important to show genuine interest in what they have to say. Do not overtake the conversation by continuing to talk about yourself. Actively listening and asking questions will show others that you care what they have to say which will create the opportunity for future connections.

3. Be Yourself

Often times we stray from our true character when interacting with new people. When meeting new people it is important to be authentic and genuine. Do not attempt to be someone whom you are not as that will lead to problems down the road. The best way to get to know someone is to stay true to yourself so they know exactly who they will be dealing with in the future.

4. Follow Up

Networking is the first step in building long lasting business relationships. Once you have made connections be sure to follow up with those individuals and continue the conversation. Show that you are interested and be someone that they remember.

At LJS & Associates we provide the opportunity for business professionals to connect with one another to develop their businesses and careers. The next event in our series of networking mixers is Wednesday June 27, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Sociable Kitchen and Tavern.

Come out and stretch your thoughts and ideas with business professionals like yourself!