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19 great ideas for how to make networking easier, more effective, and even more fun! Whether you're looking for a job or trying to get ahead at work, these tips will transform you into a networking master.

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TIPS THAT WILL MAKE YOU A

NETWORKING MASTER

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You’ve heard that

NETWORKING is important.

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To get JOB leads

To learn about your FIELD To meet new CONNECTIONS

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But, we know:

NETWORKING can be intimidating and hard.

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How do I find EVENTS?

What do I DO when I’m there?

How do I START conversations?

When should I FOLLOW UP?

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Don’t worry. We’ve got the tips you need to become a

NETWORKING MASTER in just a few minutes.

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Let’s get STARTED.

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YOU CAN FIND EVENTS

ANYWHERE  1Your ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

PROFESSIONAL groups

INDUSTRY conferences

MEETUP.com

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…OR START

YOUR OWN  2INVITE THREE FRIENDS, ask them each to invite three friends, and meet at a bar or someone’s home.

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3BRING TONS OF

YOUR CARDS  

PLUS A PEN so you can to jot down notes

for each person you meet

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4WEAR SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU

FEEL GREAT

Check your COAT Wear COMFORTABLE shoes

Don’t bring a large BAG

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SET A GOAL FOR EACH EVENT  

Like… MEET 5 new people

LEARN something new

Start 3 CONVERSATIONS

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SEE WHO’S COMING

AHEAD OF TIME

SEE WHO’S TWEETING or check the invite list

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GET YOUR

ELEVATOR PITCH READY  

Your JOB TITLE and company

+ What that means in LAYMAN’s TERMS + WHY you love it

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START AT THE

BAR OR BUFFET

It’ll give you a chance to scan the room before DIVING IN

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HAVE A FEW

CONVERSATION STARTERS IN MIND  

Have you BEEN HERE before?

How’s the SHRIMP? This VENUE is beautiful.

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LOOK FOR FOLKS WHO

ARE ALONE

THEY’LL BE HAPPY to have someone new to talk to.

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ASK OPEN-ENDED

QUESTIONS

“How’d you GET STARTED?” Not, “How long have you worked there?”

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DON’T BE AFRAID TO

OPEN UP

JUST RELAX, tell stories, and be yourself.

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TRY TO FIND

COMMON INTERESTS

“What PROJECTS are you involved in?”

“What are you into OUTSIDE of work?”

“Have you BEEN to these things before?”

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USE A NON-AWKWARD

CLOSER

“IT’S BEEN SO GREAT chatting with you, but I have a few more people to connect with.”

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GET EVERYONE’S

BUSINESS CARDS

JOT DOWN NOTES about the person, his or her interests,

and your conversation.

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FOLLOW UP WITHIN 48 HOURS

WITH A FRIENDLY EMAIL mentioning something memorable from your conversation

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STAY

IN TOUCH

On LINKEDIN or TWITTER at other EVENTS

or by sending ARTICLES & RESOURCES

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MAKE TIME TO CHECK

IN WITH PEOPLE

EVEN SCHEDULE IT on your calendar every week or month

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GET EVEN MORE

PRO TIPS AT THE MUSE

Take our 7-day class,

BECOME A NETWORKING MASTER at themuse.com/classes

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