If you’ve made it your New Year’s resolution or intention to attend more professional networking events, you’ve landed on the right page. We want to help you better enjoy, and more easily succeed, at your resolution over the coming year.

New Year’s resolutions are a time-honored tradition in which we make ourselves a promise that, in most cases, if we succeed, will improve some aspect of our life. The catch is, very few of us achieve our resolutions. According to a study conducted on December 27, 2016 and reported on Statistic Brain Research Institute’s website, only 8% of people are successful in achieving their resolution.

If you’re determined to network more, these 5 tips will help you be more successful.

Tip #1: Find the right group. Not every group will be a good fit for you so it’s important to shop for one that suits your style, personality and shares your philosophy. Meetup.com is a great resource for finding groups and events. Here’s the CERTUS Professional Network Meetup Group. You might know a group is a good fit for you as early as your first visit or it may take up to 3 visits. Don’t worry about whether your “target market” is at the event. In fact, they’ll rarely be there. The great news is professionals on the networking circuit are highly connected individuals and I’m betting they’ll introduce you to applicable players their circle of influence. You just have to ask. See Tip #5 below.

Tip #2: Get it on your calendar. Once you find a group you like, block time on your calendar to attend their events. Better yet, add all their events to your calendar so you don’t lose track of them. Designate one of those events each week as a “must attend”. You’ll move mountains to get there and avoid scheduling appointments that conflict with it. The rest of the events for that week are designated as “these would be good to attend” and are nice to have on your calendar so you can schedule around them to give you the option to attend.

Tip #3: Invite a friend. This holds you accountable to someone else, making it a smidge harder to avoid going. I bet they’ll be grateful you told them about a new event or perhaps they were hesitant to attend alone. Either way, your invitation likely made their day. It’s always nice to have an accountability partner, cheering you on. It’s a team effort.

Tip #4: Be consistent. I laughed years ago when someone said… “Networking… ya I tried that once. It didn’t work.” According to James Clear’s Huffington Post article, it takes two to eight months to establish a new habit. As you’re developing your networking habit and being consistent, you’re also becoming more credible, familiar and trustworthy to the folks with whom you’ve been forming relationships just because they see you consistently. Sure, you’ll fall off the wagon. Work and life can get in the way at times. Get back on track as quickly as possible.

Tip #5: Ask for introductions. One strategy I believe yields maximum results is asking people for instructions to your referral partners. Check out my related article about how to ask for these intros. Relationships with just 3-5 solid referral partners will completely change the landscape of your company to where you no longer need to network as much. Just don’t forget to maintain relationships and stay in front of your connections with these creative ideas.

down arrow comment (1)What helps you be a more consistent networker? I welcome your comments below.

I look forward to seeing you on the networking circuit and wish you great success in 2016!

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Sabrina Risley

Sabrina Risley is a master connector. She’s been hosting live networking events since 2004 and has welcomed 20,000+ professionals to those events. She shares her observations, insights and tips of how the top 2% of effective and magnetic networkers build their businesses. She also shares what NOT to do when networking. Get her complimentary e-book: Strategic Networking for Success.
Sabrina Risley