30 Networking Tips in 140 Characters or Less

So many people look at networking as intimidating and scary. It can be, but it can also be the best tool to use to boost your professional career.  Networking doesn’t have to be difficult, in fact, networking should be a thrill since it is a key in making your professional dreams a reality.

Make more connections. Improve your chances of success. Get your networking game on-point, and do it with these thirty tips below.  Each tip is a mere 140 characters or less, so you’ll be able to spend more time becoming a networking pro, and less time reading and researching how!

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1. During conversations, focus on the other person. Learn what makes them tick. Ask, listen, observe. @ChrisBrogan

2. When you first meet someone, use his or her name a few times to create a feeling of familiarity. @CIOonline

3. Don’t immediately send a LinkedIn invite to a new contact. Follow up that night, or the next day. @RealBusiness

4. When networking, inquire about passions, hobbies, and interests instead of asking “Where do you work?” @DaveKerpen

5. Don’t attend networking events with a list of things you want. Arrive with a list of things you can offer. @LearnVest

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6. Need a reason to network? “Succeeding in business is all about making connections.” – Richard Branson @EntMagazine

7. Once you’ve made a new contact, ask what method of follow up they prefer: email, phone, LinkedIn, or other. @USnews

8. Adam Rifkin a respected networker in Silicon Valley suggests: Don’t rush relationships; trust takes time. @Bakadesuyo

9. Ben Franklin’s technique? Request a favor! Before someone will give to you, they must decide to like you. @TheWeek

10. Don’t focus on fear; focus on the joy of connecting with others. Tell yourself, “I like meeting people.” @FastCompany

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11. While at a conference, many people will go to the bar to relax. Do the same, even if you’re not drinking. @Forbes

12. If you’re staying overnight at a conference, invite a few other overnighters to dinner; pay the bill. @WSJ

13. Be excited about networking; it “is a key driver behind higher salaries and career advancement.” @BusinessInsider

14. You will need a follow-up comment and a warm smile, but sometimes the best opening line is “Hi.” Try it. @HubSpot

15. Want to network like a pro at conferences? Skip some sessions; stand in the hallway and be friendly. @GaryVee


16. Network on social media. To connect with people, promote their projects, and tag them in your posts. @SpeakerJeff

17.  Interesting people easily make meaningful connections. Be able to talk about topics other than work. @HuffingtonPost

18.  Instead of constantly trying to network with leaders, seek out leadership roles and people will come to you. @CBSnews

19.  Jot down a few details about each new contact to maintain connections in your follow-up conversations. @Guardian

20. Don’t monopolize someone’s time. If you’re carrying the weight of a conversation, wrap it up and move on. @RaganComms

21. Ditch the elevator pitch while networking. Network to make authentic connections, not sales. @KristiHedges

22. Put money into an “interesting people fund” to finance enriching networking and social experiences. @ReidHoffman

23. Take a friend with refined social skills to networking events to ease the awkwardness of breaking the ice. @Dailymuse

24.  Don’t have the budget for a conference?  You can still network with attendees at the nearby shops and bars. @NYtimes

25.  When in doubt, discuss the setting or the event. How? Do your homework about the event, and be observant. @RealSimple

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26. “The business-building “gold” is not in collecting business cards but in the solid relationships you build.” @Forbes

27. Most people at events are in the same situation: they don’t know many people; they welcome icebreakers. @Steamfeedcom

28. Offer to help people. “The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity.” – Keith Ferrazzi @Ferrazzi

29. “If you want to go somewhere, it is best to find someone who has already been there.” @TheRealKiyosaki

30. Amp up your LinkedIn presence. Share content and SlideShare decks, join groups, leverage @mentions, etc. @PameLump

What’s your best Networking tip?? Let us know on Twitter! @XTechStaffing


About the Author:

Caitlin Johnson is the newest addition to the team here in Austin. At XTech Staffing, Caitlin is a Marketing Specialist and writes career-advice related articles and content for the website. She also manages XTech’s social media scene.Caitlin’s a recent transplant to Austin. She moved here in June from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and it was there that she earned her BA in Public Relations and Communication. When Caitlin isn’t writing or cruising through blogs and Instagram for inspiration, she can usually be found hanging out at the Greenbelt or searching for the best (and spiciest) Tex-Mex this city has!
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