Networking is essential in any industry, especially the art world – why? Because it can help to establish professional connections and relationships that can lead to new opportunities and growth for your professional career!
Here are 5 ways to be a better and more confident networker.
- Preparation: Research the event you are attending and the people you want to connect with, this way you will have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish. This will help you feel more confident and focused when you arrive.
- Be Yourself: Authenticity is vital when networking. People can easily detect if someone is not being genuine. Let your personality shine through and be yourself.
- Build a Strong Elevator Pitch: Have a brief, clear, and engaging message ready to share with others about yourself, your skills, and what you bring to the table.
- Listen and Ask Questions: Engage with others by asking questions and actively listening to what they have to say. This will help you build rapport and establish connections.
- Follow-Up: After a networking event, follow up with people you met and send them a personalized message to continue the conversation. This shows that you value the connection and are committed to building a relationship. Following on their social media could be a good first baby step!
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