Open Space has a few events and workshops happening this summer. Our events are the perfect place to have fun but also a great place to network with other like-minded creatives. Let's be truthfully, even for us at Open Space, networking can be a bit intimidating, but we know how important it is to grow a business. Here are a few tips (and a free downloadable networking cheat sheet) to help you brush up on your networking skills.
GET OUT THERE
The first step to networking is getting out there, even if that means stepping outside of your comfort zone. Head to a happy hour event (we have one coming up), an art opening or reception or an organized networking event. All of these places are a gold mine full of interesting people.
Are you looking for a mentor? Do you want to spread awareness about a new project? Having a clear goal will make networking less ambiguous and to more effective conversations. Be sure you go into anything in life prepared, and that goes for networking as well.
START THE CONVERSATION
First impressions are important. Be the person who starts conversations. Put yourself out there. You never know who you will meet and how beneficial they can be to you. A good way to start a conversation is by introducing yourself. This is where your elevator pitch comes in handy. A sentence or two about who you are, what you do and why you love doing it.
An important way to get what you want out of networking is by asking questions. Don't be afraid to ask questions. You may be looking for a job position or need to get in contact with someone in a specific department of a company. The best way to find out the information that you need is by asking questions.
THE FOLLOW UP
Following up is key. Follow up with the people you have connected with. Shoot them a quick email. The sooner the better. Go as far as asking for a coffee date to further your relationship. The sooner you follow up the better.
Download our free cheat sheet to get you all prepared for your next networking event. Which we hope to see you at our up coming HAPPY HOUR EVENT THIS WEEK!