We’ve got another brand new blog for residents of our apartments in Owasso, and this one is all about networking. You might think networking is something you only have to care about in college and your first year out of school. In reality, you should think of networking as a lifelong skill that you get better at over time. Networking is the best way to find new jobs, find new business partners, and generally improve your overall career outlook. If you ever want to become an entrepreneur, networking will be an essential part of your day-to-day life.
In the blog below, we’ll be sharing some networking tips that you may not have heard before. Our hope is that once you read this post, you’ll feel prepared to expand your network in Oklahoma and beyond! After all, networking is a much more effective job search tactic than browsing LinkedIn for hours on end — and it’s more fun.
With that, let’s dive right into the post below! When you’re done reading through this blog, please feel free to share the link to this page with your friends and neighbors at 98 Apartments — the apartments Owasso residents choose for upscale comfort.
Arrive Early to Networking Events
Unlike with parties, it’s always a good idea to show up early for networking events. You might be tempted to show up once the event is underway, but arriving late makes it that much harder to talk to people. If you arrive early, you’ll be able to instantly make connections with other people who’ve arrived early as well. Not only will it be quieter, you’ll be able to start conversations knowing that other people who arrived early were thinking along the same lines as you.
Force a smile
A lot of people forget to smile when they talk, and it can make them seem as though they’re not interested in the conversation or the person across from them. Forcing yourself to smile in conversation might seem uncomfortable at first, but practice makes perfect. The more you smile, the more people will like talking to you and listening to what you have to say.
Try not to be a salesperson
Even if you’re an entrepreneur looking for investors, you should go to investors with the goal of finding business partners. Your goal is to expand your networking — not make a deal. Instead of practicing an elevator pitch, focus on being friendly and getting to know people. The more natural and authentic you act, the more people will want to connect with you.
Talk About Your Passions
If you’ve ever listened to a TED talk or a really good podcasts, you know that people sound more interesting when they’re talking about subject they’re passionate about. Without hijacking the conversation or making it sound unnatural, try to steer it towards topics that you care deeply about. If you do this, you’ll be more charismatic, confident and endearing during your conversation.
Those are all the networking tips we’ve got for you this week, residents! As always, we greatly appreciate those of you that took some time out of your busy schedules to hang out with us here on the 98 Apartments blog page. We hope that the tips in the post above help you make connections and eventually land your dream job!
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