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Whats the best networking technique?

social media or in person? #social-media #networking

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Henry’s Answer

Hello, I would say both online and real life networking.

Having a strong online presence increases your standing, and after someone has met you they may want to look you up online. A good idea too make yourself easy to find in case they want to get in touch with you at a later time.

Definitely worth joining LinkedIn, having work on various web services, having your own blog or website and using social media to promote yourself. Youtube and Instagram alone are so powerful, but it depends what your chosen specialism is what method will be most suitable and effective.

Worth attending conferences and meet-ups, and get good at talking to new people, but you might actually make the best contacts through friends of friends.

Hope this helps.

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Radhika’s Answer

1. Attend conferences physically, have a small talk with the professionals around. Ask their expertise, share your interests. Check their Linkedin ID, join them immediately.

2. Go for a coffee with any colleque/senior/professional you like and connect with them.

3. Go for a sport and share your ideas with the professionals around.

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Karen’s Answer

I would say a key part of networking is listening. Whether you are networking on social media or in-person, the other person doesn't want to just hear about you or your needs.

You may be looking for a job, a promotion or simply career advice. Whatever it may be, don't bring that up immediately. Allow time to interact with the person first; let them get to know you. Make sure they know something special about you beyond what you may be seeking.

And build your own strategy to remembering names. I am generally terrible at that, so I find myself repeating the person's name a few times after meeting them. Something else may work for you.

Karen recommends the following next steps:

Start out by interacting with the other person, listening to them
Make sure the other person knows something special about you before you talk about any special requests (job referral, career advice, etc.)

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Nikshubha’s Answer

Considering the tech-savvy generation, being active on social media is also important. However, the essence of meeting and knowing a person face to face is a different experience. It also depends on the type of person you are. Some people are comfortable talking for hours on chats while are not that comfortable in person. You should first identify the category you belong to and accordingly decide the best networking technique for yourself. In the end, your comfort matters the most and that's what will be liked by the people you want to reach out too.