Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Networking Tips for Bloggers

Networking for any job or career is vital for success.  Having a background in marketing and community relations I know first hand the importance of not only making a good and lasting impression but creating a relationship. Many opportunities arise from business built relationships and taking the time to put forth the effort will result in a payoff.  With great opportunities comes great exposure. 

Here's the Blog Fete Team & Committee Members advice on networking:

"Schedule time for it, if not it gets pushed to the back burner and connecting never happens consistently. -Michele, Brave Creative Design

"Always be open to those who cross your path. They cross it for a reason. You can learn something from everyone you meet, and you never know what someone could bring into your life... a joyful friendship, a wonderful opportunity, or even a new view of yourself!"-Kori, Kori Clark Designs 

"Spend time and energy working on collaborations and partnerships instead of spending time and energy comparing yourself to your competition.  While this is easier said than done, I've found personal and professional fulfillment in sticking to this guideline. By keeping yourself open to working with anyone, you'll experience an abundance of  opportunities!" -Carmen, The Flair Exchange

"I have found that when I email someone to tell them how great I think something of theirs is or just say that I like what they are doing, it makes people very happy.  It has opened the door to many new friendships and collaborations.  People often take the time to write when they are unhappy with something so it is nice to hear something good once in a while.  I think my best networking tip for in-person events is to find a simple way to break the ice.  Whether it is telling someone their shoes are cute (but be genuine), or asking where they are from.  I am super shy and hate to go up to someone I don't know but when I do, I often find that lots of other people are the same way.  Just take the bull by the horns and say something!" -Sharon, Cupcakes and Cutlery

"Take the time to comment, get to know people, spread the love and do so often.  Creating a routine of networking simply just makes sense, it's part of the biz and shouldn't be taken lightly.  A little can go a long way.  Most importantly be courteous to those you come in contact with."-Melissa, Melissa Creates 

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