6 rules for networking like a tourist

“I’m Elise”

“ I’m Frank”

“That’s a terrible name!

“Heheh, that’s the only one I got!”

Oh I love the movie The Tourist and Venice is just like in the movie! Sorry couldn’t help bringing it up!

So you must thinking what do a tourist, and networking have in common?

Look back and remember the last time you were on a holiday in a foreign land, far, far away! The air felt different, the taste and spices were different and of course the people were different!

Do you remember the desperation and helplessness you felt when you wanted directions or just wanted to find a loo, and this total stranger didn’t speak a word of your language, and you felt like a helpless baby??!

Rule # 1: Connect like a local

You can use rapport building techniques from NLP but don’t get creepy, just be genuine! Remember that a tourist is always enthusiastic and positive energy is contagious.

That’s connection ;-)

Rule # 2: A tourist is curious

I like Weirdos!

Rule # 3: Be a responsible tourist

Effective networking is like being a responsible tourist. Ask them, the person what is it they are looking for? How could you help them solve their problem. Is there someone you could introduce to them ?

And a tourist always asks for directions, so feel free to ask for help because sometimes the universe sends you answers in the least expected form!

Something’s burning?!

Rule # 4: Learn to use a map!

Find Meetups near you, party with Internations and internationals or a with the select ASW community. Join the BNI, your local rotary chapter. The more diverse your network, the more you learn and the more the opportunities you attract. Based on your country you have local networks, informal networks and invisible networks!

Rule # 5: Learn to use your people GPS!

Rule # 6: Be generous with compliments

Bon voyage! And don’t forget your business cards!

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