When you are interacting with people in business, whether it be an interview or networking event, it is important to ensure that you are memorable. After all, the goal of networking is to be, Front of Mind. Here are four strategies for engaging with people in a meaningful and memorable way.
1. Radiate Energy and Enthusiasm – It is well known in the sales world that if you want to influence someone, your energy level must be higher than theirs. With that in mind, it is beneficial in interviews to talk about the aspects of your career that you are really passionate about. The person on the other side of the table will feel your enthusiasm and will be more likely to remember you when it comes time to make a hiring decision.
2. Be Interesting – Naturally, people will be more likely to remember you if you are intriguing, and one way to accomplish that is to have a unique point-of-view, or way of thinking. In Keith Ferrazzi’s incredible book about building relationships, Never Eat Alone, he recommends exposing yourself to unusual experiences, which will in turn give you memorable stories to tell. I once met a man at a networking event who told me his hobby is bee keeping, and sure enough, two years later I still remember him. READ MORE