A master networker needs to be a master emailer who is able to communicate concisely and persuasively. Many of us are drowning in emails, events, projects and just life in general so you want to make sure that you are respectful of people’s time and making the most of our connections. Here are some tools to show you how.
How awesome would it be if you could automatically build relationships across platforms? Rapportive is a tool that allows you to see your contact’s social profiles, their location and more. This makes it easy to find them other places online and learn about what they are up to. Popping up in each others’ news feeds and timelines is a great way to stay top of mind and spark quick and relevant conversations.
Step into a salesperson’s shoes and track your interactions. Waiting for an important response or unsure if someone ignored your email? Use Yesware to be notified when someone opened your email, reminded to follow-up and track your conversations so you never miss a beat.
If you are anything like me, you get productive in the middle of the night when most people are sleeping. Boomerang allows you to schedule messages and send it back to yourself after a certain amount of time if an action (replied or clicked) wasn’t performed. This is important for you to know when to follow-up as well as make sure that you are landing in your contact’s inbox at just the right time.
4. Let’s Lunch
This is an awesome site for people who want to expand their professional networks over a good meal. Your social accounts determine which professionals are relevant to you and selects with whom and where you are having lunch. Twitter Chats A Twitter chat is an interactive conversation at a specific time on Twitter using a hashtag. Twitter chats are one of the quickest ways to increase your followers, influence and connections.
5. Who’s Viewed Your Profile
Take some time to do some reverse outreach and contact those who have viewed your profile on LinkedIn. If you feel like you have a common interest or that you can help them in some way, reach out with a short message introducing yourself. Initiate the conversation first.
6. Card Munch
Have a stack of business cards you are too lazy to use? Use Card Munch to import the contact information into LinkedIn. Although only for iPhone users, there are many comparable apps on the market for other operating systems.
Get familiar with the Networking Cycle
- Meet online or offline using tools like Let’s Lunch Twitter Chats, Linkedin, and other networking events
- Follow-up with Card Munch and email. Then be sure to connect across networks using Rapportive
- Reconnect using Yesware to set reminders monthly or quarterly, and schedule greetings to go out during birthdays and holidays using Boomerang.