Back on January 16th, we had offered you some tips and etiquette that everyone should be aware of and practising. As a follow up, we decided to further the piece with a few more points that everyone should be aware of.
One of the biggest faults that many people have (you can clearly see this at brick and mortar social networking events) is that some individuals “loves themselves” and like to talk about themselves, what they can do, what they have and so on. You have probably met this person at a cocktail party no doubt. More time needs to be spent asking the basic W’s to find out how potentially a relationship could jointly work out. Making yourself interesting and caring about what another person has to say while being completely 100% genuine in the process. People will remember you when you make that follow up connection.
If you are asked a question without knowing the answer and you say you are going to follow up at a certain time point, make sure your time point is accurate. If you do not have the information that you advised you would present, notify the person that you are aware you were going to follow up today, but still do not have the information and that you are still working on obtaining it.
When you engage in a discussion, don’t always take. In this day and age, people have had enough of been taken advantage of. A good rule that I like to say is “Offer something BEFORE you take something”. For us, if we are talking with press release writers, we like to offer a press release distribution coupon and include the website (http://www.24-7pressrelease.com). Whether it is a coupon, a service or some advice, offer before you take.
This next point goes back a little to our first article. Whether it is LinkedIn, Facebook, Google Plus, keep your contacts relevant and meaningful. Connecting with every Tom, Dick and Harry serves no useful purpose. Keep your connections updated and personal when and where you can.
With these basic concepts implanted, you will be sure to build a meaningful social network of amazing contacts.