Your First Impression
Networking is a great way to increase business and it can be fun if you make it so. Making your first impression can be rehearsed to some degree. It’s good to have something ready to say when you greet someone. Don’t let it sound rehearsed though, or you’ll come off looking like a phony.
Your First Impression – Become Memorable
Everyone loves the life of the party and we all love to hear stories. Telling stories will do that for you at your next networking event. Something to entertain and engage them is perfect. Why? Because they’ll remember you and look you up online.
If your story is good enough people will gather round to hear. Then more people will gather to see why the others are gathered. Now, imagine doing that with social media beginning with YouTube. Then progress through till you end up sending it all to your blog.
What you need is something short and sweet, a phrase that tells what you do. The twist is to make it interesting. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about.
Harold: Hello, I’m Harold Rankin. I’m the author of “Hitching Through Florida” a true story from my younger, much wilder days.
Howard: Hi, I’m Howard Pavil. I just flew in from Mars.
Either one will work, but I’d probably go with the first one.
Selecting the network meeting is important. You want to go to those that fit these parameters:
- Have a sufficient number of attendees
- Includes people in your target audience
- Close proximity to your current location