We all know networking is incredibly important and it’s probably something you are actively working on at the moment. If you are struggling with networking take a look at out post:
Networking isn;t easy and it takes most of us outside our comfort zone which is why we tend to make a few networking mistakes. The most common networking mistakes are all covered in our post:
But sometimes networking mistakes are not completely obvious, in fact you may not even realise you are making them at the time. Take a look at the 5 most common networking mistakes most people don’t even realise they are making and see how many you have made in the past.
5 Networking Mistakes You Don’t Know You Are Making
- Your Social Assets Are Not Prepared for Networking
Once you have successfully established a new contact you can bet one of the first things you will both do is jump online and check out each others social presence. It is a huge networking mistake to just focus on making contacts and not take the time to update all your social assets so they reflect the best version of you. Make sure you:
Create a fantastic LinkedIn profile that will work for you
Look up all the free software you can use to create an online resume and digital portfiolio
When you are stuck in a rut or totally focussed on job searching it’s easy to stop reading the news everyday and just search the job placement pages. This is a big networking mistake. Every workplace is impacted to varying degrees by local and global events and those aware of what is going on around them and around the world look up to date, relevant and proactive.
Recent news is also a great conversation starter and allows for a healthy exchange of opinions. Read up on the news every day and stay up to date with current affairs, no one wants to associate with or recommend people who have no idea what’s going on.
- No Props
Imagine you work up the courage to chat to a new contact, things are going well, you are connecting on a professional and personal level and you agree to meet up at a later date. All good so far. Now imagine you have no business card handy or a pen to write down any contact details. Make sure you have professional printed business cards with you at all times so that you can share them as needed. Otherwise you just look sloppy and unorganised.
No one likes a stalker, in fact stalkers are scary and to be avoided at all costs. Similarly those who completely monopolise another person while networking come across as rude, inconsiderate and at worst a bit of a stalker. They are people to be avoided, not people you want to meet up with and get to know. This tends to be a big networking mistake at dedicated networking events.
Sometimes you hang around one person too long because you are nervous about moving away and having to do it all again. It feels safer to stay where you are BUT everyone is there to network and hijacking one persons time won’t do you any favours.
- Poor Body Language
Body language is a huge part of first impressions. If you have time, read our post – How First Impressions Work and How to Use Them – it talks about how people make up their mind about you within 10 minutes of meeting you. Basically, you better get your body language right straight away or it will very much work against you. The worst body language mistakes made during networking that you need to stop are:
Not enough eye contact – it make you look like you have something to hide
Weak handshake – makes you appear feeble and lacking in confidence
Not standing up straight – makes you look bored and uninterested
Being aware of these common networking mistakes will make it much more likely that you will be careful not to make them the next time you attend a networking event or work function.
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