This week I wrote that you have to get out of the mindset of “do it yourself” when it comes to networking.
Yet, one thing you can do yourself is stand up to stand out when you network.
Get off your rear! I mean it.
I was at a networking event this week and walked in to see many people just sitting and eating enamored by their phone.
And, I had three thoughts go through my mind:
- #1 either you’ve paid for a really expensive snack (since all you’re doing is sitting there and eating instead of meeting people and networking)
- #2 there’s no one here worth meeting
- #3 you’re holding court (expecting that people will come to see you and network with you while you stay on your seat – like a king/queen on her throne)
I don’t care that you were on your phone. I’m an active networker who’s up-to-speed with online and offline networking and realize that real time conversations, information and connections are happening even when the online and offline worlds come together.
Yet, to sit and ignore that you’re at a networking event. What is that?
If you want to stand out, stand up. Move around, meet people, introduce yourself and join in (listen in first) to conversation.
Use your phone to locate if there’s anyone from your online network at this offline event. Look up people on LinkedIn so that you can get a sense of who they are before you jump into a conversation with them.
For your personal brand to stand out and to be memorable, you will first need to be visible. [tweet this]
And, you can do that by standing up and “working” your network.
Next networking event, I challenge you to stand up. Give up the grip, grin and graze and focus on the grip and grin. After all, you can eat later. You didn’t really go there for the food did you?
Here are some other helpful tips to make sure you’re managing your personal brand well:
- Photographs to Enhance Your Personal Brand by Debra Benton
- Workplace Meetings: Hate ‘Em, But Can’t Live Without ‘Em by Skip Weisman
- The Second Biggest Mistake You Are Making by Nance Rosen
- 5 Tips for Making More Effective Meetings by Ceren Cubukcu
- Résumé Keywords Are the Keys to Be Found by Alex Freund
- Do Goals Bring Happiness? by Elinor Stutz
- 10 Ways Social Media Just Cost You That Job! by Skip Freeman
- 6 Job Search Tips for Millennials by Money Crashers
- The Burden of a Timely Thank You by Maria Elena Duron
- Innovate, Disrupt, Commercialize – Not Necessarily in that Order by Jeff Shuey
- Build Better Twitter Engagement for your Personal Brand by Susan Gilbert
- The Real Deal About Passive Income by Leslie Truex
- State Your Career Goals in 20 Seconds for Success by Beth Kuhel
- How Super Stars ACE the Job Interview! by Skip Freeman
- Battling Age Discrimination – Young and Old by Marc Miller