Networking events are wonderful. They really are. The conversations can be exhilarating. And the whole experience productive.
But you risk squandering the whole experience if you fail to follow up or follow through.
Networking is not just idle conversation. Embedded in those conversations are vows and commitments. If you pledged to reconnect, do so. If you offered to introduce them, make it happen. If you indicated you would send them something, get it sent.
Know this, very few people follow through on what they say they are going to do. That’s a sad, but true reality.
Given that, if you are committed to following up and following through, you immediately elevate yourself above a significant portion of the networking population.
So, don’t foul up your follow up. Do what you say you’re going to do.
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