We’ve all stepped in it at one point or another. C’mon, don’t shake your head no.
All of us that consider ourselves to be fantastic networkers have at one time or another made a mess of it and we’ve lived to tell the tale.
I know that I have and I’m here to share my embarrassments in the hopes that you’ll steer clear of these networking faux pas:
Lost the introduction
I don’t know about you but I get hundreds of emails per day and although I am pretty good at keeping them in order once in awhile an email will fall through the cracks.
And how embarrassing is it when that particular email was a personal introduction made by a great contact?!
The best way to avoid this from happening is to flag the email and/or respond to it immediately BEFORE there is a chance it will get buried under the mounds of emails that come in over the course of the day.
Forgot the appointment
Our calendars are filled from morning to night and the chance for a meeting to get lost in the shuffle (aka “forgotten”) is certainly a possibility. There’s nothing more uncomfortable than getting a call or text from someone that is sitting and waiting for you at a Starbucks or restaurant.
And there’s really nothing to say because excuses only make it worse. Apologize sincerely and make up for the missed appointment by taking this person to breakfast or lunch.
Promised to make an introduction but didn’t
No one wants to earn the reputation of “networking deadbeat” however if you promise that you are going to make an introduction and don’t follow-through then that is exactly the type of reputation that you will soon have.
The solution? Make an appointment with yourself and set aside a specific amount of time each day to make the introductions that you promised to make.
Treat your networking contacts the same way you treat your clients. Paying extra attention and avoiding these all too popular networking faux pas might just mean that you get a better return on your networking time.