Flirting versus Networking

By joanne | 12th November | Marketing Skills, Marketing Training

Last night I read an article in my latest Sainsbury’s magazine about how to flirt (don’t ask why I was reading it, as I’m very happily married!)  Anyway, back to the point; the writer gave some top do’s and don’ts and I realised they were all just as relevant to marketing and networking, so I thought I’d share them with you…

Definitely Do:

  • Find something to compliment
  • Listen to what the person is saying and ask questions
  • Nod while listening and smile
  • Find out the person’s status early in the conversation (In networking, this might be their job title or company)
  • If it seems the person is interested, introduce the idea of a future meeting

It sounds like common sense to me, but how many of us honestly stick to these rules?

Definitely Don’t:

  1. Under no circumstances touch the person
  2. Do not invade their personal space
  3. Do not lie
  4. Watch your language
  5. Don’t advertise something that you have no intention of delivering

You’d think just from the bullet points that I’d been reading the top ten networking rules, as they apply just as well.  And, just as some people break the rules in flirting, some break the rules in networking – to their detriment.  You’re only as good as your reputation, and once you’ve lost it you’re in trouble.

They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression – sticking to these simple rules will make sure you don’t fall at the first hurdle.

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