Top 5 Networking Tips from a CEO

Networking is a fundamental aspect of both our work and personal lives, it fosters beneficial relationships and helps increase visibility in your field but knowing where to start can be challenging.

With this in mind, Solopress has collaborated with Cameron MacArthur, CEO and Founder of AI Insurance, as part of their Best Cities for Networking campaign, to get his top tips valuable networking advice. Cameron’s five tips include:

Be Outgoing

“You have to put yourself out there and be willing to start a conversation. Two of the most senior engineers on our team came from a connection to someone I met by stopping them as they walked by in our office and saying “Hi, I haven’t met you before, what’s your name?””

Check in

“I think people over-index on adding new connections to their network instead of strengthening the relationships they have. Take the time to notice when people have work or life events happen (LinkedIn is great for this) and reach out to them to check in. Calling people during your transit time (like walking to the shops) is a great way to do this.”

Show gratitude

“If someone goes out of their way to help you, a hand-written thank you note goes a really long way. Much further than a text or an email!”

Get specific about your problems

“In my experience, people are really unresponsive to “I want to join your network” or “I want you to mentor me” because those are vague and meaningless asks. But, people like solving problems. I’ve found that going to someone already in your network or even someone new with “I have this very specific problem, here’s what I’m planning on doing about it. You’re uniquely situated to give advice here because of XYZ, what do you think?”, is a great way to strengthen bonds and regularly segues into “you know who you should talk to? My friend: ….””

Actually Listen

“When you meet someone, or reconnect with someone, challenge yourself to really pay attention. Be the person who’s good with names when you meet someone new (there are tricks!) and be the friend who remembers what people tell you. Follow up with them later to check in when you give them a call a month down the road.”

Sophia Anderson

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