Networking Strategies for Beginners
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sydneyverifiedco-creator of Commaful
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It's all about who you know. You've heard that before right? Building your network isn't takes a lot of hard work and time but it pays off.

Networking Strategies for Beginners

by sydney

When I started building startups, I knew nobody in tech

I had no network. Barely knew anything about the industry. All I knew was what I wanted to work on. It's been over 2 years now and my network has grown significantly.

Here are the strategies that worked for me when I started:

1. Make a list of the people you want to meet

Use LinkedIn, industry lists, and more. Make a list of the people who could really move your goals forward. The list should include people who are both easy and hard to get to.

Start building the relationship if you can.

Follow them on Twitter and Facebook. Know events they'll be at. If you have a good reason to reach out to them, do so via email! At least start getting your name into their head.

Just by following, you'll have a better chance to meet

2. Meet the Conference Organizers and Moderators

If you're going to an event, everybody wants to talk to the speakers. Don't wait in the long lines to talk to the speakers. The moderators are usually very connected and are often better to meet!

3. Offer to help in any way possible

If there's a way you can help somebody, do it. Always be thinking about how you can help people reach their goals. It pays dividends down the line.

4. Talk to Strangers

I've met awesome people on bus stops, airplanes, in line for food, everywhere! Don't be afraid to talk to people! Just compliment something about them (maybe they have really great shoes)!

5. Ask where people are from

This tends to lead to REALLY interesting conversations about people's pasts and purpose. Leads to much deeper conversations than: "What do you do?"

I'm still learning.

Any questions or tricks on how to network if you're a beginner? Comment below!

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a year agoReply
@BradyOriginal That is pure GOLD. I LOVE talking to random people: airports, coffee shops, trains, Ubers, even randomly on the street! That laptop idea is great. going to try that. perhaps even put it on a T-Shirt!!! Love the hustle. You need to make a post about this :D

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a year agoReply
Nice @Sydney ! I like to meet new people and have quite frequently met very interesting people just about anywhere. I always try to make conversation in lines while waiting or even just saying hi to random people at the coffee shop. I think that humans crave face to face interaction nowadays more than ever because of our attachment to technology. I myself, can become socially awkward if I spend too much time alone behind my screens. I think that wherever you are, people really like to interact with a genuine person.Something you should try, is getting a sticker or piece of paper and putting it on your laptop that reads, "I am working on a startup called: UsePencil, come ask me about it. I would love your feedback!" Then, you can go to the coffee shop or an event, and people automatically have a reason to approach you and ask you about UsePencil! I have thought about doing this for quite some time myself, but haven't got around to it. Then again, maybe I am just a little out there! I do feel however, that the best users a platform can have, are the ones that the founders themselves reached out to in person! I am not sure about California, since startups are the norm, but where I come from people get very excited to speak with "the founder" of something. It makes them feel special that you would ask for their feedback and it is the kind of interaction that they will tell all of their friends about! The founder of Pinterest spent a lot of time talking to strangers about Pinterest and introducing them to it in the early days.

a year agoReply
Thanks Sydney! These are really helpful! It's been awesome to get to know people through networking and these tips will help even more! I totally agree about getting to know the conference organizers!