I am going be real networking is still very intimidating for me. You can’t always determine people’s reactions and etc. However, it is a necessary part of any business especially the blogging business. Don’t fret I am going to sharing a few techniques that I personally use.
Hand Out Business Cards
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While most of us are online these days I still carry my business cards no matter what event I attend. My personal rule for passing them out is to see if the intended person will be receptive first. If they are then I will proceed. Also, business cards don’t have to be expensive or overly fancy especially if you are still starting out. You can easily find a template online or check out companies like Vistaprint.
Connect with Fellow Bloggers
In Part 2 of the series, I touched on the benefits of building a blogging tribe. In addition to my blogging tribe, I recently connected with a group of fellow local bloggers. What is great about connecting with other bloggers is that you get the chance to meet new people, seek support and potentially collaborate. Another great way to find bloggers is through online groups. You can also find great ones on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn).
Mingle at Events
When there is an intermission at a fashion show I usually take time to mingle. I usually chat with fellow bloggers, guests, or the host. Sometimes I even briefly chat with the host after the event just to tell them thanks for inviting me. Like business cards you never what can come from it.
Be Courteous and Be Myself
The last thing might sound a little cliché, but it still rings true. I always try to be myself and be courteous when attending events. The last thing I want to is to be known for having a bad attitude or etc. Honestly, it isn’t hard to be nice to people. Also, I try to be myself as well, because people can pick it up on it.
These are some of the networking tips that I found have worked for me. Stay tuned for the next topic in the Blogger Life Series III. What are some of your go-to networking techniques? What topic would you like to see on My Own Sense of Fashion? Let us know in the comments.
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