17 Simple Ways to Master the Art of Networking

They say “it’s not what you know but who you know.”

Networking has always been arguably one of the most crucial parts of being successful in an industry. Being able to leave a strong enough impression on a person for your name to come to the forefront of their mind (without even being in the same room as them) is an incredible power to have.

While I am only about a dozen posts into this blog, it has already proven to be a great source for making connections and networking with the professionals in my field.

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You arrive alone. Your heart is beating a little faster than normal and suddenly all of your charisma and charm go out the window. You try to lock eyes with someone so that you can find a temporary home in what can feel like a sea of strangers. But everyone looks happily engaged in conversation.

While this might sound like your experience at a middle school dance, it’s also what many people feel when they enter a networking event. These are completely natural reactions, even for the biggest extroverts. The great news is that people go to these events to meet strangers, so you’re in the same position as everyone else. Here are 17 helpful tips for navigating a networking event and making the most of your time there:

  1. Find the bar! Whether or not you’re drinking, it’s always a great idea to position yourself at the edge of the…

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