Want to Get Better at Networking?Things the Best Networkers Never Do

Andrea Jones
Jul 12, 2019 · 6 min read
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I watched as people turned their backs to the man as he approached.

He’d been working the room for a while, his clipboard in hand. Instead of introducing himself, he immediately asked for an email to add to his newsletter list. Everything about him was aggressive and everyone in the room noticed it.

No one wanted to talk to him.

Since it was a room of marketing professionals, I actually wondered if he was a plant to show how you shouldn’t network. But no. He was for real and the organizers actually had to ask him to leave because people started to complain.

It’s an extreme example, but there are many things people unwittingly do at networking events that turn other people off. When your livelihood depends on the relationships you build, you don’t want to be that person.

Great relationship builders know what to do, and what not to do, when they work a room. They’re guided by the following rules of networking etiquette.

Don’t jump into the sale.

Don’t stand too close.

Don’t badmouth other people or businesses.

Don’t be fake.

Don’t interrupt conversations.

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Don’t continue to talk when someone is ready to leave.

Don’t hand your business card to everyone.

Don’t hog the spotlight.

Don’t stand in the corner.

Don’t be too fashion eccentric.

Don’t be a know it all.

Don’t bring up controversial topics.

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Don’t try to talk to everyone.

Don’t be too loud or too quiet.

Don’t monopolize one person’s time.

Don’t always stand with your friends.

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Don’t consume alcohol.

Don’t be a braggart.

Don’t come in a bad mood.

Don’t forget to follow up.

What you don’t do when you’re networking is just as important, and perhaps even more so, than what you do. Continually improving your networking skills will vastly increase your success.

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