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Whether you’re wanting to expand your own business or you want to find new prospects for yourself, networking is the key. “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” or vice versa. When I think of networking events, I picture a bunch of old people standing around and using small talk with people they’ll never see again. It’s not all like that, though! Try one of these activities to meet new people and grow your network.Whether you're wanting to expand your own business or you want to find new prospects for yourself,… Click To Tweet
Meetups is a website for like-minded individuals to connect and, you know, meet up. You can join a number of different groups based on your interests and they plan different events like going to bars and the like. Tons of people use this website to meet people when they move to a new area or just want to grow their friend group.
This is an app that’s like Tinder, but for professionals. Instead of setting preferences like age and gender, you select what your interests are, what you’re looking for (in a job or business aspect), and when you’re available to connect. Shapr pairs you up with people of all sorts, based on your similar interests. If you both want to meet each other, it matches you and a conversation can start! It’s a great way for introverts and people with busy schedules to network professionally.
This might be the closest thing to the old people and small talk I was talking about earlier. It isn’t all that bad, though! You could meet your next boss or business client or new best friend! Alma maters are a great thing that connect people. Just grab a college buddy to come with you in case things get dull.
Join a Rec League
“I didn’t come here to exercise, I wanted to find out how to meet new people!” I know, but birds and stones! If you have a sport you’re really into, join a new league for some fresh faces. You already have this common ground interest to connect with everyone. See what else you might have in common with everyone!
This option is more for finding clients and partners, but still works if you’re looking for a new job! How do you expect to meet someone from an online store? Save on shipping, get the right color/size, and meet someone new by making the trip and connecting with new people.
Go Meet New People!
There are 8 billion people in the world, go meet some of them! You never know who you might connect with. Is something missing from this list? Comment below with more networking ideas!