How to become more effective at Networking Events – Part 4

Convey a Professional Image

Since you never get a second chance to make a good first impression, you want to make sure the impression you leave on your new networking partners is a good one. The following tips will help you do just that:

1. Smell Professional: Check your breath and carry breath mints/strips or gum. Be careful not to wear too much purfume or cologne. This could be offensive to some people (especially at breakfast meetings). If their eyes are watering, you know that you have overdone it. Also, be careful to mask smoking smells.

2. Look Professional: Make sure you are wearing clean / pressed business attire and not too much jewelry.

3. Carry a nice pen: You need a pen to make brief notes on the back of business cards, especially about things you promised to do and things you talked about. Make sure the pen conveys the image you are trying to portray. An attractive Cross pen will impress more than a cheap bic click pen.

Make sure your image is helping and not hurting you with your networking connections.

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