12 Faux Match to Avoid at Your Next Networking Event

What is a faux pas that new entrepreneurs often make at networking events, and what should they do instead? Why? These answers are provided by Youn

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What is a faux pas that new entrepreneurs often make at networking events, and what should they do instead? Why?

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These answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), a non-profit organization that consists of the world’s most successful young entrepreneurs. YEC members represent almost every industry, generate billions of dollars in revenue each year, and create tens of thousands of jobs. Learn more at yec.co.

1. Focus too much on you and your business

When building your business, it’s often easy to get caught up in your own world. The benefit of networking opportunities is to expand your network and learn from others. However, none of this happens when someone is so focused on themselves and their own business. Take time to listen, ask questions and learn more about other people’s businesses. This will help yours by default.

– Nic DeAngelo, Saint Investment Group

2. Do not take initiative

I have seen many new entrepreneurs who will ask for a meeting or call but will never take the initiative. If you think the party can help you achieve something, then do not wait for them to make the move. Take the initiative and write an email or call their number. If you keep waiting, the wait will never end.

– Josh Kohlbach, Wholesale Suite

3. ‘Network’ Instead of connecting

I hate the phrase “networking events.” Do not network – connect! “Network” is basically the exchange of business cards, which will get lost in a wallet or a drawer. To be truly successful at this type of event, you need to strive to make fewer, more meaningful connections. Find out what someone is passionate about, what they’re nerdy about, what they really care about, and then build a relationship from there.

– Ashley Sharp, Dwell with Dignity

4. Lack of a clear goal

A faux pas that new entrepreneurs often make is not having a clear purpose for why they are at the event. Many people come and find that they feel lost because they are not sure who to approach and what to say. Rather keep a plan. Make sure you know who your target contacts are and what you want to say to them. This will help you focus your attention and make the most of your time there.

– Blair Williams, member press

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5. Bashing the competition

I never understood why new entrepreneurs go to opportunities just to spend half the time hybridizing companies that are also active in their industry. This is not a great way to build partnerships, sell your product or show off an upbeat brand personality. Instead, I wish more people would go to networking opportunities, focus on their brand, and bring positivity to the community.

– John Turner, SeedProd LLC

6. Failure to provide evidence

New business leaders want to tell prospects and potential partners about their product or service at networking events; this is normal. However, far too many people do not have tangible evidence to prove their claims. You can not tell people that your product will help them grow their email list by, say, 2000% without at least one success story or piece of data proving your point.

– John Brackett, Smash Balloon LLC

7. Hurry up the sale

Make meaningful connections, because you never know when you’ll need someone to work with. Become friends with them; do not just rush the sale. You will find that the one crucial factor for any investor or partner is often, “Do I like them?” You will spend a lot of time with someone, and if you do not know their core values, that lack of alignment will lead to potential losses.

– David Chen, GTIF Capital

8. Telling others what they want to hear

During networking events you will see many new entrepreneurs telling established professionals what they want to hear. There is nothing wrong with paying a few compliments, but overdoing it will get you nowhere. It is much more impressive to express your skills and show others what you bring to the table.

– Stephanie Wells, Formidable Shapes

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9. Wait for others to approach you

One faux pas that new entrepreneurs often make at networking events is to wait for other people to approach them. They do not realize that not reaching out to people makes them seem indifferent. Instead of waiting for other people to approach you, be proactive and go to other people first. Introduce yourself, ask about their business and offer to trade contact information.

– Syed Balkhi, WPBeginner

10. Boast about yourself

You should not brag about who you are and what you do. It will definitely turn people off quickly. Take the same time to have an interest in who they are and what they do. People like to talk about themselves. Let your guest first express themselves and what they are excited about. Then go in with your introduction.

– Mary Harcourt, CosmoGlo

11. Let the social aspect get in the way

I think new entrepreneurs – and frankly seasoned people too – can often be distracted at networking events by the general socialization and cheerfulness and will forget the purpose of why they are at the event. Often, these people can disrupt what could be a crucial encounter for someone’s future. Instead, entrepreneurs should remember that socialization is good, but this opportunity has a deeper purpose.

– Salvador Ordorica, The Spanish Group LLC

12. Make exaggerated demands

One faux pas is to say there is no other product or service on the market like your product or service. When a new entrepreneur says something like that, it’s an immediate hint that they are inexperienced. Pie-in-the-sky claims are a quick turn-off for experienced business people who are more interested in real data and use cases than talking about an untested product or service or an exaggerated claim.

– Jonathan Prichard, MattressInsider.com


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