Lo’s little list of networking tips

  • Always have a FIRM handshake. You’d be surprised the number of people who will remember your name for simply having a good shake, especially (sadly) if you’re a woman. Ladies, don’t do that crappy offering of your hand or light squeeze — that doesn’t cut it, and it makes you look weak. Oh, and make good eye contact with your handshake as well.
  • Wear your name tag on the right side and your lapel pin on the left. You knew this already.
  • Ask A LOT of questions of someone. People will like you more if they think you’re genuinely interested in them and/or in what they do. It makes them feel important, and you seem smarter because you’re interested in learning. Win win.
  • Always send a follow-up email (get their contact info!) after you meet someone, even if you don’t need something at the moment. That person may be helpful to you down the line, and it’s good to have for future reference. Something as simple as “it was so nice meeting you today, I look forward to connecting with you again in the future…” will suffice.
  • Remember a unique piece of information about someone so that the next time you see them or when you email them, you can mention it. It makes you seem as if you were paying close attention to them (remember, people like to feel important) and they’ll appreciate it. Example: “I’m happy to have met someone who appreciates Snapchat as much as I do!”

5 tips for growing and leveraging your network

Whether it’s your uncle, a mentor or a random lady you met at a coffee shop, the one piece of advice you are sure to hear while in college is, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”

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Lauren Harper

Lauren Harper

CEO of CityBright, LLC. | South Carolinian Politico + Public Servant