by Tony Vidler
Networking often seems to be harder than it should. It is amazing how many people forget, or ignore, basic social skills and common courtesies when trying to network – especially in online networking platforms such as LinkedIn.
Speaking personally, I ignore people trying to network with me on a daily basis…and it is usually 10 or so that get ignored. Ignored. I don’t even reply or acknowledge their existence. Just pretend they don’t exist and promptly foprget about them.
It might be that I am a very rude person of course, but I don’t think so. I think I am pretty normal actually. I think the problem is with them. Their behaviour is such that it should be ignored.
If I am correct in saying that I am pretty normal in this respect then it follows that a whole lot of others are ready to simply ignore many networking efforts. They won’t even acknowledge your existence perhaps. So how do you put the odds forever in your favour and give yourself the best chance of connecting and building a relationship with strangers who could be good prospects or influencers for your business in the future?
It is not really all that hard, but there are a few things to get right to maximise your chances of success. Mostly it comes down to using common social skills and courtesies, and giving people a sense of who you are and what you are about. In this weeks quick video we discuss these, and the 5 things you must get right to give yourself a chance of maximising that online networking effort.
…watch the video to learn more ways to improve your online networking…