BLOGTIPS: BLOG NETWORKING DO’S AND DON’TS

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One thing you definitely can’t learn at school is how to behave at social gatherings. Sure, your teachers might have mentioned how important networking isΒ  but in reality, when you graduate school there’s loads to learn in the real world. Networking is one of the biggest aspects in every profession I think and for sure one that’s very important and very hard to lots of people, including myself. I’ve learned so much during these last days at fashion week again that I decided to write a post about do’s and don’ts at events and networking.

Do’s:

1. Take initiative to introduce yourself: it’s always good to introduce yourself and when doing so to look someone in the eye so the other person will remember you. When you’re outside, always take your sunglasses off and always try to introduce yourself in a sincere way.

2. Be interested in the people you talk with: don’t talk to people just because you think you can get something out of them but because you’re genuinely interested in them. Have the right incentive to talk to someone because people definitely pick up on the way you talk to them. When you’re in a conversation, don’t look around to see who else is at an event but focus on your conversation.

3. Bring your business cards: always bring your business cards so it’s easy for people to remember your details and to have a closer look at your blog or what you do the next day when they’re in the office.

4. Set a goal before you go to an event: before you go to an event it’s very smart to see who’s going and who you would like to talk to and why. I’ve personally never done this but to be more effective this is super important. If you set a goal, for instance to get in touch with someone at an event, it will most likely happen faster than if you just go to the event.

5. Dress appropriate: let me start off by saying that you should always wear what makes you feel comfortable but always keep in mind what sort of event you’re attending and try to dress accordingly. Last but not least don’t forget to say thank you to the host!


Don’ts

1. Don’t start a conversation by giving your business card: there’s no reason in giving your business card right away in a conversation. Even better, just give your business card if someone asks for it because other wise people probably won’t look at your business card. Another thing, don’t ask for business cards if you think you won’t do anything with it. Think about the trees people.

2. Don’t drop names that aren’t relevant or brag: in general people are not really pleased when you randomly start to talk about people you know if it’s not relevant (Los Angeles as an exception in this case). Try to be humble about this specifically. I know some people will disagree with this, but this is my personal opinion.

3. Don’t get drunk: well, because of the obvious ;-).

4. Don’t wear too much perfume: I think this is an unwritten rule that’s still quite important. You don’t want to come across as the girl who was wearing so much perfume and it’s very typical that people will start talking about that sort of things at events.

5. Don’t cling to those you know: I understand that it’s very comfortable to do this and I find myself doing this a lot but it’s actually better for your business to introduce yourself to new people or to even attend an event by yourself. It makes such a difference if you force yourself to talk to new people! Get out of that comfort zone!

Hope you enjoyed these do’s and don’ts and if you have more additions, I would love to hear them. I’ve been receiving a lot questions and input about what you guys would like to read about next so I you have more requests, please leave a comment below! Tomorrow I’ll be back with more exciting news from London! Big kiss, N.

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29 Comments

  • Reply September 17, 2014

    Mel

    Excellent advice! Very helpful! Thanks for sharing
    Mel

    http://girlandthepolkadot.blogspot.com/

  • Reply September 17, 2014

    Sarah Porter

    Thank you for this post! I could learn a thing or two from your tips – especially not clinging to people you know! I think I will make an effort to mingle more in the future.

    Sarah Porter | M&B
    mollyandbeans.com

  • Reply September 17, 2014

    Dominique

    I acctually didn’t recognize you at the asos event! But it was my first event as a blogger and I’m having my second this week! Thank you so much for these tips πŸ™‚ Maybe I will see you there too..

    xxxx
    http://www.dominiquecandido.com

  • Reply September 17, 2014

    Salma van der Ven

    Thanks again for these tips, wednesdays are my favorite.. I think they are all spot on! x

  • Reply September 17, 2014

    Wilmke

    Nice tips Noor! I always need to cross some invisible barrier when I’m about to talk to someone I don’t know. Luckily you still have the same things to deal with. Yay not the only one! Have fun in London πŸ™‚

    x http://www.winwonderland.com

  • Reply September 17, 2014

    Kim / Vintage & Beauty

    Bedankt voor de fijne tips! Ik ga regelmatig naar events en vind netwerken een van de leukste dingen aan bloggen. Zo intressant om het verhaal en de drive achter iemand zijn bedrijf te horen!

  • I love these posts, so helpful. I’m definitely guilty of clinging to people I know at all sorts of events. Something I really need to work on

  • Reply September 17, 2014

    Marsya

    Thanks for sharing these great tips. <3 xo

    http://www.kinikunormal.blogspot.com/

  • Reply September 17, 2014

    Amie / The Beauty Doll

    New to your blog, but every post I have read so far as been really helpful! Thank you for all the tips xx

  • Reply September 17, 2014

    Kristie

    Great tips. Networking is definitely a big issue for me so these tips will definitely be used!

    http://www.bluelabelsboutique.com

  • Reply September 17, 2014

    zoe

    These are fantastic tips. I’ve been expanding my online readership for sometime, and now I’d like to go out and conquer networking in my city! I don’t have a huge variety of events to go to, but since Omaha is a small enough city, chances are I’ll run into someone I feel I should know at some point, in which case these tips will be incredibly useful! Thank you for your expertise πŸ™‚

    The What’s In Between

  • Reply September 17, 2014

    Stephanie

    Ik ben het eigenlijk met alles eens! Interessante en informatieve post! Thanks voor het delen. Xx Stephanie

  • Reply September 17, 2014

    Jessica Edmunds

    Really great tips as always hun x

  • Reply September 17, 2014

    Eilish

    Super handig artikel!

  • Reply September 17, 2014

    arielle

    these are my favorite posts of yours! the clothes are always fantastic, but these are just so helpful! thanks for sharing!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • Reply September 17, 2014

    Anneli

    You are so right – it is soo not pleasant to go and force yourself to chat up strangers. But it really is the most effective way to make new contacts in any industry, so gotta be done!

    Anneli x
    http://www.owlinvogue.com

  • Reply September 17, 2014

    Abi

    Great tips! I agree with them all! Abi πŸ™‚

  • Reply September 17, 2014

    Nik Jamess

    This was a very helpful post. I always find myself being extremely awkward at events, and the thought of going by myself, intimidates me, but I’m definitely going to try. I love your blog tips posts, they really help me out.

    Nik x

    NIKJAMESS | Fashion & Lifestyle

  • Reply September 17, 2014

    Mark Turnbull

    Thank You Noor,

    These are great tips. Especially now since I’m trying to get into at least one of LA Fashion Week events. Fingers crossed.

    Mark

  • Reply September 17, 2014

    Lara

    This is absolutely true! I went to a Networking session during university where a woman who has made a career out of giving networking advice talked to us- and all of your points above were mentioned then as well!

    What I personally always find important is to, like you said, not cling to those you know. I always ask myself “why did I come here in the fist place, when i could have met with people I know elsewhere” πŸ™‚ xx
    Seven Days

  • Reply September 18, 2014

    Karolayn Rodriguez

    Good tips as always!!! Love your blog

    http://blackclassylongline.blogspot.com

  • Reply September 18, 2014

    Eva

    Heel leerzaam artikel weer. Het meeste wist ik wel maar toch altijd handig om in je achterhoofd te houden πŸ˜‰ xx

    http://www.creativityandchocolate.com

  • Reply September 18, 2014

    Fashion Party blog

    Great post! I’m loving these kind of articles, since I always learn something new and interesting! πŸ™‚

    http://www.fashionpartyblog.com/

  • Reply September 19, 2014

    A Million Pinks

  • Reply September 19, 2014

    Nadia

    Nummer 5 van de don’t is inderdaad erg aantrekkelijk!

  • Reply September 22, 2014

    Mingyuan

    Good tips, I am totally new to blogging and everything else that comes with it so every little thing helps πŸ™‚

  • Reply September 23, 2014

    The Jelis

    Such a great post! My social anxiety always kicks in when it’s time to mingle with people. I definitely will try to remember these tips next time when I am out of my comfort zone. Keep up the good work, kisses, J!

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  • Reply October 2, 2014

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