Networking is a piece of cake with these 4 tips

25 april 2023

There is one activity that is indispensable for the growth of a startup or business: networking. But what exactly is networking? Networking is about building relationships, making connections and exchanging ideas and resources. Whether you are a freelancer, young professional, or business owner; networking is a valuable tool for your personal and professional growth. We would like to give you 4 tips to network as a pro!

1. Identify your goals

Before you attend any networking event, it’s important to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve. Are you looking for new clients, partners, or investors? Or seeking for a new job? Or seeking for a new job? Knowing your goals will help you focus your efforts and make the most of your networking opportunities.

2. Be prepared

Research the event or organization beforehand and find out who will be attending. Prepare a brief introduction and make sure you have business cards or other materials to share with people you meet. This will help you make a positive first impression and give you confidence when talking to others.

3. Listen more than you talk

Networking is not about talking about yourself or your startup all the time. Instead, take the time to listen to others and learn about their experiences, interests and challenges. Building a relationship is about give and take, so be interested in what others have to say.

4. Follow-up

After a networking event, make sure you follow up with the people you met. Send an email, connect with them on LinkedIn or invite them for a coffee. This will help you build and strengthen the relationships you have built, and it will increase your chances of success in the future.

Networking can be a valuable tool for personal and professional growth. By being prepared, listening to others and following up, you can build strong relationships and achieve your goals. Remember, networking is not only about getting something, it’s also about giving something back. And what better place to network than at PLNT Festival? Save the date: 6th of July at PLNT Leiden! More info will follow soon, so keep an eye on our channels.

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