By Wael Badawy
Networking is the process of identifying and attracting a new customer or a new sale lead within a focused crowd. The effective networking will result into more relationships, sales and income.
Yes: I agree that we are networking to make money, not to have fun.
Yes: we network to make money, not to know more people.
Yes: we network to make money, not to spend time.
However, our attitude – if we are not careful – will block our audiences from continue the conversation and buy our services and products, or even join our mailing. Our attitude is everything. The Following Dos and Don’ts are lessons learned from my experience and shall provide insights on the effective networking attitude.
The 4 Don’ts of effective networking are
Do not start with your name or business name
Starting with your name and your business will frame you in the audience mind to the basic service of what you do. It will immediately create a barrier between you and the audience.
When you say: “Hi, I am Joe and I am accountant”
It automatically generates a barrier between you and the audience. In the mindset of the audience, it will be one of these messages
“Oh, one more accountant in the crowd.”
“Oh, another one of them”
“Oh, I hate these guys, they do not do a good job”
All of these messages are toxic to your networking goals
Do not wear the company shirt
Wearing a company shirt frames you within the company image. It would be reflect on the ability of connecting with the crowd. In my own experience, having a shirt of an elite service with extremely high reputation was not a good idea. The message in the head of the audience were
“Another guy from this company that charges premium?”
“I just got a call from this company last week, please not again.”
It automatically positions you in a frame that impacts the acceptance to your message.
Do not have your logo
Having a logo frames you in what your company do and not how better or effective than your competitors. It is the type of barrier that you do not want. You shall focus of how better is your service or product than others. The message shall be “How do you outstand against others and why you are better. NOT what do you do.
Do not talk about your business
Do say what your business is doing, or the nature of your service. Focus on the values that your provide to the different clients. Focus on why your customer will come to you and how do you stand against the crowd.
The 4 Dos of effective networking are
Do ask an engagement question
An engagement question is the best approach to qualify your crowd. You shall be able to adjust your message to your crowd. If your first question does not qualify the crowd, Ask a second question but there is NO THIRD. If you cannot qualify the crowd, think about another set of question for next time. OR Email me for my set of questions
Do say a pain-hitting paragraph
A pain-hitting paragraph is a simple statement that characterizes the pain that your business is addressing. Identifying the pain immediately creates a link to the audience and you will get their ears for few minutes. Three – four statements conquer in the audience mind that you know and feel their pain. The audience perceives you are like them, and people like to buy from people like them, who they like.
Do say what is your solution to the pain
After the pain-hitting paragraph pause for a moment, so the audience can digest what said. Then, say HOW you solve the pain, WHY your service is better, and the reasons they should use your service and not others.
Do say how to access your solution
At the end you shall say how the audience can connect to your service, such as access a website. You must leave your contact information with an action so the audience can connect to you. Or simply, say, “your name, I will be more than happy to assist you.”
Finally if you enjoyed my tips, please send me your tips, I will appreciate them. AND for any questions or questioning on effective networking, please email me.