Top 5 Ways Social Entrepreneurs Can Turn Networking Into Meaningful Relationships
You may already get the importance of networking and attending events or sending messages with the intention of connecting. However, networking is not about the original action, but about the relationships that come from putting yourself out there. We've teamed up with Shapr, the free app for meaningful networking, and a few of our colleagues to provide you with 5 tips to turn networking into meaningful relationships long after you exchange business cards.
"Be organic. Try to make a meaningful connection. If you force it, people notice. Others are more likely to remember you if you genuinely make a connection. The end will come when the timing is right! " -Haley Melander, Tommy Hilfiger
“If you think of networking as purely, here's what I do, what do you do, can you help me, yes or no? Then you're missing your biggest opportunities for open doors. Instead, approach networking as getting to know each person you encounter. You give yourself a chance to learn their passions, their back-story, and their hopes for the future. The key is to be genuinely interested.” -Jessica Kelly, Thr3efold
"People appreciate freebies so if you have a plus one to an event, then invite your new contact to build the relationship. They most likely will do the same and everyone wins since you both will have the opportunity to connect with more people!" -Rhiannon Pena, Barclays
With these proactive tips, we hope you will focus your next conversation on the relationship rather than the immediate need. Networking brings people together over shared passions and ideas and is something you valuable worth doing.
For more tips and networking opportunities, check out Shapr—a networking app that brings you a personalized daily dose of inspiring people to meet.
The goal behind Shapr is to create an environment in which networking becomes a daily habit. Shapr provides users with the fastest and most efficient way to network while avoiding the awkwardness of sending or rejecting requests to connect. Swipe a profile right if you’d like to connect, swipe left if you don’t. Once you get a match, you can chat and set up a time to grab coffee in person. It’s a great way to connect with like-minded individuals and expand your network with nearby professionals.
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