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Dos and Don’ts of Networking

Thursday, August 10, 2006

I’ve been discussing networking for a couple of weeks now, so here’s a list of dos and don’ts to summarize what I’ve learned through this journey:

  • Don’t give up!
  • Do have confidence in yourself!
  • Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you! Do go out and make your own opportunities!
  • Don’t be afraid!
  • Do make eye contact!
  • Do plan what you’re going to say ahead of time!
  • Don’t go into every situation with an agenda!
  • Do collect business cards! Don’t just let them sit in a drawer! Do follow up with those contacts!
  • Do start conversations! Do ask people about themselves!
  • Don’t wait for networking opportunities to come to you. Do get out there—find new people to network with—a great source is to find groups meeting in your area!
  • Do ask for advice!
  • Don’t retreat to a corner!
  • Do watch others as they network. Pick up pointers of other dos and don’ts through observation!
  • Don’t assume when someone doesn’t respond to you or doesn’t let you have that seat that you’re being rejected. Don’t get discouraged.
  • Do refresh yourself with time alone or time with your supporting group of friends/family.
  • Don’t put off networking. Building your network of contacts now will lead to more success in the future.
  • Don’t talk someone’s ear off. Do know when to shut-up.
  • Don’t stalk the person you’re trying to network with. Do know when to walk away.
  • Do learn how to write good letters and e-mails.
  • Do practice speaking to business contacts on the phone.
  • Do treat everyone you come in contact with as you would like to be treated if you were in his or her shoes.
  1. Carol Collett permalink
    Friday, August 11, 2006 8:28 am

    Loved this series, Kaye. It’s just what I needed. Here’s my networking success for the week. On 8/9/06 I posted my weekly post at I explored an essay from a site Holy Terror. Tuesday evening before I posted, I commented on the essay’s author’s guestbook that I was using his essay as a springboard to discussion and invited him to read my article. HE DID!!! And commented. And thanked me for point folks to his site!!! I realize this is small stuff compared to approaching an editor or agent in person, but a huge step for me. Thanks for starting me in the right direction.



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