The most common networking mistakes! What do you think they are?

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Networking is essential to business success. The more we interact with others, the more we become aware of the opportunity for growth. The networking can happen anywhere and be successful. But we have LinkedIn & Twitter (the online networking) it's much more complicated. It has to be strategic, structured and planned, all without going too much into self-promotion or excessive presentations, the best practice is to make yourself known while discovering the others! how do you do it?

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front-end, marketing & tech
Being to shy - or too arrogant on the opposite! Timid people miss infinite opportunities. Excessively outgoing people might scare their network by being direct and pitching too early. There is some optimal middle ground between these two.
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E-commerce specialist
@daniel_engels This is an important point to remember. It's a wise advice, Thank you
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Here Comes a New Challenger!
@daniel_engels Perfectly said, nothing to add on this one! This optimal middle ground is porbably the most difficult to ever.
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Sparks - The Relationships App
@daniel_engels Well said, sometimes we ended up pitching too much and not caring about making real connections.
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Passionate about new tech!
@daniel_engels Totally agreed. The middle ground is what we need to work on when networking!
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Founder @ Vibrant
@daniel_engels Wow, well said! Networking isn't an easy job and the journey can be challenging. Good points!
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Web Designer & Developer
Starting the conversation with templated messages is one of the biggest problems here. Especially on a social platform like Twitter, you could easily just go to their media section and find a TV show, gif, etc. they posted and relate that way. Or just compliment a specific recent post. I also see a lot of non-English users having trouble in this realm, since they address a lot of people as "sir"/ "dear" and their networking attempts are usually written off as "strange" and uncomfortable.
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E-commerce specialist
@gaucherm Nice approach, I like the idea of complimenting a specific recent post, as long as there is an added value. I totally agree on the language problem. but it can be the opposite depending on the education of the person who received the message? it's a real problem
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Web Designer & Developer
@fares_aktouf I mean even if the person receiving a message like that is in fact educated, the reality is that they probably won't respond regardless.
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E-commerce specialist
@gaucherm You're probably right! I told you about this because my old boss didn't follow up on emails or calls if they weren't polite and formal. but I imagine that with our generation it's different
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Founder of deapmarket.com
Overselling our ideas
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E-commerce specialist
@bernard_bado it's true, we have to find the right balance
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adventurer, traveler
Not following up. Holding a business card in your hands doesn't mean that you have a business connection. Following up with someone is the next crucial step. Holding a business card and not following up means nothing to the other person. Swapping cards is not networking; it's just good manners. Next, and perhaps the biggest mistake: Trying to make a sale. Networking isn't about selling. It's about getting to know people and sharing information.
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E-commerce specialist
@kate_sleeman What you say makes a lot of sense, but unfortunately some people tend to forget that. It happens to me too sometimes. thanks
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Passionate about new tech!
@kate_sleeman Good point, Kate. Always follow up!
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Director at WorkHub
Networking and relationships need investment; some people fail to invest in others. To create good networking, you need to add value to others; some people fail to add value to others and try to become superior.
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E-commerce specialist
@qudsia_ali this is absolutely true, what advice would you give us?
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film maker
The most common networking mistakes is to get caught up in yourself and what you want. You've got to remember that networking is all about helping others, and not all about you. Unless you're opening a networking event, don't talk about yourself! Ask them questions, get to know them and how you can help them. If you can do that, people will want to help you too.
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E-commerce specialist
@neel_bano very right, but the difficulty is unfortunately in the time that is given to get to know our network
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Co-Founder of DaSilva Life
Just be genuine.
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E-commerce specialist
Sparks - The Relationships App
Not listening. I think we tend to talk about what we do or who we are more than what we listen the other.
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E-commerce specialist
@amar_yousaf
Wasting time with unhelpful information
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E-commerce specialist
@amar_yousaf I agree. not too much, not too little
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Founder @Incribo
Thinking your professional connections as friends. Hard lesson to learn from.
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SaaS Marketer
The most common networking mistakes people make are not approaching opportunities with a positive mindset
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E-commerce specialist
@soumya_chaturvedi you're right, we have less chance to succeed in an action if we don't believe in it
SaaS Marketer
There are a few common networking mistakes that people make, and they usually boil down to two things: expecting too much from the network and not valuing their time. The first mistake is assuming that simply being in close proximity to other individuals will result in constructive conversations or opportunities. In most cases, this isn't the case - you have to go out of your way (and put in some extra effort) if you want something positive to come from it. The second mistake is underestimating how valuable our time actually is. We often overestimate what we can get done within a given amount of time - but this isn't always true! Time constraints rarely dictate the quality or quantity of our work – so be sure not to let them do so!
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Passionate about new tech!
@shreyanshi_gupta1 absolutely true.
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E-commerce specialist
@shreyanshi_gupta1 - Value the time of your network, - Have constructive conversations, These are really points of attention for me, but they are very difficult to grasp
Software developer Intern
I believe the most common networking mistakes are Lack of follow-up & Confusing networking with face-to-face cold calling
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E-commerce specialist
@sidra_arif It's also true
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CEO & Co-founder of Obaki
Not following up is probably the biggest mistake! Beautiful relationships and future partners started by just catching up with them after the first network meetup. Being yourself key. People can feel if you are genuine or trying too hard.
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E-commerce specialist
@pasitobaki Very good advice; Being yourself is essential
Working girl !!
be yourself, do not try to please absolutely
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E-commerce specialist
COO @aasaan
Followup, Followup & Followups
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Founder of DebugMail.io & WBTech.pro
It's not doing networking.
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CTO @Magnetiq | usemagnetiq.com
There are good advices here. 👍 I have started a discussion about same topic 10 days ago. And I mentioned a few in the description of that. "Business networking mistakes and how to avoid them" https://www.producthunt.com/disc...
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E-commerce specialist
@caner_lenger Thank you for sharing
Entrepreneur
Trying to be clever is a common mistake.
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E-commerce specialist
@kornatzky that's true
Writer and Content Creator.
You cannot afford to prejudge people; you simply don’t know who they know or who they can connect you and your business with.
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E-commerce specialist
@theankurtyagi This is not wrong at all, very good advice. It also applies to relationships in life as a whole