Networking is not always done in a business setting. Actually, most of the time people network when they are off work.
Here’s 5 tips for successful business networking
Visit as many groups as possible that spark your interest. Notice the tone and attitude of the group. Do the people sound supportive of one another? Does the leadership appear competent? Many groups will allow you to visit two times before joining.
Hold volunteer positions in organizations. This is a great way to stay visible and give back to groups that have helped you.
Ask open-ended questions in networking conversations. This means questions that ask who, what, where, when, and how as opposed to those that can be answered with a simple yes or no. This form of questioning opens up the discussion and shows listeners that you are interested in them.
Keep in mind that networking is about being genuine and authentic, building trust and relationships, and seeing how you can help others.