It’s the time of the year again. The month of January is typically the month of the New Year’s receptions.
Maybe more than ever meeting people face to face will be the success factor in 2009. Either on parties organised by their own company, by a professional or trade organisation they are member of or by the local Chamber of Commerce or a network club.
Many times we meet people who might really help us in our career or in our business. They also are many times “higher in the hierarchy” or have lots more experience than us. This can be intimidating.
My first tip is to realize that they are just people like you and me. They also started “at the bottom” one day. So if you approach them in a friendly and non-pushy way, they will normally be open to you.
Sometimes it helps us to feel more comfortable when we are better prepared for a conversation with them or with other people we are going to meet.
Technology can help us easily with that. These are some tips:
1) Use Google to find more information about the person(s) you are going to meet or about the organisation.
2) Use LinkedIn to find more information about the person(s) your are going to meet and mutual connections you might have.
3) Set up Google Alerts to receive updates via email about the person(s) you are going to meet, about the organisation, about the speaker or about anything else you might find useful to prepare yourself.
This will only cost you 45 seconds of your time and it works better because you get the updates via email so you don’t have to surf the Internet every day.
Setup is very easy:
1) Go to http://www.google.com/alerts
2) Then set the parameters:
– Search term: topic or person you want to get information about
– Type: where you want Google Alerts to search for you (Blogs, Videos, Web,…)
– How often: as-it-happens, once a day or once a week
– Email address: email address via which you want to receive the updates
Also apply these tips when going for your next job interview or your next meeting with a customer.
Have a great networking day !