Starting out in any business can be really tricky, but there is one thing everyone can do that will make natural growth happen!
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The secret is actually really simple:
That word may sound really serious and professional but it can be as simple as saying hello! If you see someone you recognize from your industry, make an effort to reach out! Making an in-person connection is worth A LOT.
PRO TIP: if you make a brief connection in real life with someone, consider following up with them by sending an email, or message through social media saying “It was good to meet you! Thanks for talking with me earlier!” (or something to that extent) This shows them that the connection you made matters to you, and gives an opportunity for that connection to grow!
make good impressions
Make it your goal to give every person who meets you, works with you, etc. a reason to want to connect later on (….basically BE NICE.)
Every time you engage with someone, whether it is a colleague, or a client, or a friend of a friend—show them that you are someone they want to see more of! That way, when an opportunity for someone in your line of work comes up with a person who has met you, they recommend you, and TA DA! you just got referral!
In any line of work, the phrase “it’s who you know” really holds true! Be your best self all the time so your network can constantly be growing and keeping you on the up and up!
Social media is honestly a bit of a headache—since it’s becoming less and less “social”. BUT. Another great networking technique is to follow people you admire, and engage with them. If you see a post that you love, make a point to comment on it! If they post a story that you can relate to, send over a response! Any time you engage with someone on social media you are creating a connection! I’ve met multiple friends and colleagues over social media encounters and it is so encouraging to have a circle of “instagram friends” who support each other through social media!
wedding industry vendors
Since I’ve worked a lot in the wedding industry, I have learned that weddings are extremely collaborative between all the vendors involved. And people like to work with people they like! So every time you meet a new vendor be friendly, helpful, and kind. Have a good attitude and make everyone’s jobs as easy as you can within your scope of responsibilities!
*Be considerate of the other vendors and the role they have in the wedding day.
*If you work with someone who vibes with you, and delivers awesome service to their clients—recommend them to your clients! They will be flattered that you are spreading their name, and chances are they will want to return the favor! Its really all wins all around, because your clients get to work with awesome vendors and so do you!
PRO TIP: Have a “preferred vendors” list that you share with your clients!
THE BOTTOM LINE
Just remember that everyone who hires you, works with you, and meets you can become a part of your “network”. Work hard and be a team player. Your network will grow as you show people your strengths and your amiability.
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I hope this was helpful! good luck growing your network! Feel free to leave any comments, questions, or insight in the comments below!