Prepare a 15-30 second sales pitch that describes who you are, what you do, and how potential contacts or employers can benefit from a relationship with you, Sampson says. Having something prepared to say can make breaking the ice so much easier. That said, you don't want it to sound rehearsed.
Keep it simple and bounce it off someone you trust to help you refine and clarify your message.
11. Keep Your Business Cards With You
The opportunity to build your network can occur anytime and anywhere, this is why it is important to carry business cards. Items that you want to include here are simple: your name, title, contact information and areas of expertise. "Also, it is essential to ensure that your resume is current. You never know when the perfect opportunity is going to present itself," says Sampson.
12. De-stress Yourself Before or After Stressful Situations
Do networking situations make you feel anxious? Exercise, transcendental meditation, yoga, Tai Chi or just straight meditation are all useful tools to help alleviate tension and clear your mind. "Techniques such as meditation, yoga or exercise can help to release endorphins that reduce stress and create a positive mindset in social settings," says Sampson.
The bottom-line find something that works for you and use it.
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