One of most powerful tools in your networking box is a positive attitude. Be positive. Use positive language. Smile. See the good in people. Become a wholly positive person and you will make more friends and influence more people than if you’re constantly moaning about how rubbish business is and how hard it is to make a success of it. A positive attitude rubs off on others and makes people feel warm towards you.
Keep criticism of others to yourself. Remember your personal hang-ups are your business, nobody else’s. Never speak ill of people – it will ultimately bite you on the backside and leave you with a bad reputation. It’s fine to be passionate and enthusiastic, but it’s no fun for anyone when you’re overly-emotional and subjective. In fact, it’s best to avoid personalising situations altogether. This isn’t a night out with the girls or the lads, it’s business, so bear that in mind at every stage.
On the other hand, it’s a good idea to get honest feedback from others about your business, ideas, networking performance and anything else you fancy making improvements to. People love being asked their opinions, and the results will form the basis of valuable market research.