Today’s Blog post Stephanie Williams, founder of [alphaChicks]shares some of her favorite networking tips.

It’s a new year full of new resolutions and goals and yet, I’m sure one thing still remains the same: find new prospects and make new connections. So, here are our top 3 tips to building a quality rolodex:
  1. Quality over quantity. Getting a ton of business cards can make you look productive but probably isn’t more than glorified desktop décor. Focus on networking in places where you have either a common interest such as an industry or target market or a like-minded purpose and vision. Honing in on these types of groups or events will help you work smarter, not harder.
  2. You create your fate. Once you find a quality place to build your base, SHOW UP with consistency and a givers mentality. Trust me; we all notice those that only show up when they need new business and leave just as quick without ever giving back. Stay connected, give first and, more than a great reputation, you will also get the connections you need. What goes around comes around.
  3. Love on your people. Don’t EVER forget the power of referrals from current clients and centers of influence. You have already earned their trust and goodwill. Create a plan to show them how much they mean to you and your business and another plan to simply ASK. Maybe it’s as simple as a schedule of phone time to reach out, or as elaborate as a gift/entertainment campaign and planned dinners. Either way, they are already in love with you; show them some love back!
Submission written by:
Stephanie Williams, founder of [alphaChicks] and owner of BlueEyes & BareFeet Design.
phone: 317-910-5746