Did you recently attend a networking event? Making connections is just the first step; now it’s time to follow up! See below for simple tips on building and growing your network.
Tips For Maximizing Your New Connections
- Send personalized thank you notes to the people you met, highlighting a specific tip you appreciated or insight you gained.
- Connect with them on LinkedIn, making sure to customize your request. Note that some people prefer to keep their connections closed.
- If the people you spoke with offered to meet or chat again for one-on-one conversations, follow up on their offer with suggestions for potential dates, times, and locations that would accommodate their schedule.
- Keep in touch and update them on any developments resulting from their support. If you find articles or resources that may be of interest to them, pass them along! Remember, networking is a two-way street. The more you pay it forward, the more you’ll get back.