While it may sound obvious, the best networking advice Bay City Connections associates have to give is this: Don’t be boring. So many people follow a similar script when introducing themselves that your practiced introduction runs the risk of being monotonous.
To keep from blending in, develop a different attitude about yourself when meeting people. Think about what qualities or interests make you unique, then find a way to tie that to what you do.
If you’re having difficulty thinking of what makes you different, congratulations! You know what to fix. If the most fascinating quality about you is your title, that’s probably an issue as well. Unless you’re a professional skydiver or alligator wrestler, what you do is something plenty of other people do too.
On the other hand, if you’re an aspiring alligator wrestler, lead with that. Or if you’re a banker, you could say, ÛÏI do creative things with other people’s money.Û How you start a conversation can determine the nature of your entire relationship, so make it memorable. We at Bay City Connections believe that everyone can grab the attention of a listener right off the bat, if only he or she takes the time to think the lead sentence through.
Of course, it should go without saying, but match your response to the circumstances. When in doubt, keep things positive and G-rated.
Bay City Connections’s team members have used the Don’t be boring guideline to make many of our most valuable contacts, and we’re sure it will work for you as well.