The holiday season is a great time for networking. I’m talking about getting out there and meeting people who may be potential customers or referral sources.
This is the season for holiday parties, end-of-year chamber of commerce mixers and trade and industry get-togethers. Don’t forget the parties to which your own friends invite you.
To help you get ready for all those events, here’s a refresher course in networking:
- Take business cards and a pen.
- Wear a name tag.
- Approach people.
- Have a clear, concise statement of what you do and, ideally, who you do it for.
- Actively listen.
- Give people your business card.
- Ask others for their business cards.
- Move on.
- Follow up.
Photo by ryarwood.
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