Networking is the key to business success. It helps you find a job, find best recruits, find investors, find like-minded friends, and customers.
But, for better networking, tip number 1: quality always trumps quantity! Networking is not a business card collection contest! And I have seen so many times some acquaintances talk and take business cards to/from people they had no interest in, just to never get in touch with them.
However, this is not the point of this article, here are a few tips to networking like a lady in style.
1/ Dress for success
Get clothing as fitted as possible, don’t let your clothes distract (like a below the belt cleavage), spend money on key pieces like accessories.
2/ Arriving and departing
Being late shows irresponsibility, disrespect and it certainly not regarded as lady-like. Plus, the long explanation yo you lateness makes you look dishonest. The right attitude would be to anticipate and send a text or call before, this would be more courteous, classy, and ladylike.
If the event is 3pm to 8pm, do not hold up your host and say goodbye quickly.
Chin up and walk gracefully in heels, if you can’t walk in heels, please train or refrain!
4/ Talk Conversation in networking
Gossips are entertaining (let’s be honest) but trashy. It’s funny but certainly not classy. If you are stuck in gossip conversation: just nod, smile, but don’t lower yourself at his or her level. Gossiping on people makes you look untrustworthy, insecure, and unprofessional. People around you will never really trust you.