Developing skills is the key to success in any endeavor. Finding a job is no different. There are some specific skills anyone can learn that, when practiced, will produce the desired result. There are five skills and two rules to follow when networking with strangers. Although they are not carved in stone, regular use will make them habit. The skills are:
- Asking questions
- Speaking your Power Statement
- Follow Up
The best questions to ask will have to do with finding out about the other person. People love to talk about themselves and are usually willing to talk at the slightest invitation. Questions about family, occupation, and recreation will always carry a robust conversation. Listening will tell you what that person is interested in and will usually leave you an opening to deliver your power statement, Directv, that thing you want people to remember about you and your skills. To close, you ask for something: a card and permission to stay in touch. Follow up is as simple as sending a “Thank You” card or email. The rules?
- Be Yourself.
Good luck. Practice!