The moment you step into your first public relations class you are taught how important it is to be networking. You will hear it over and over again: it’s all about who you know. But for many young students, it is hard to know where to start. Going to your first PR social event can be quite nerve racking. Standing in a room full of talented PR Practitioners can be intimidating, but you cannot let fear stop you from making professional connections. Here are some tips to help get you started in the not-so-scary world of networking.
- Start out small: Talk to friends or mentors, people in your inner circle. See who they have as connections. Perhaps you can ask for an introduction.
- Look for a familiar face: When you attend social events, take a friend with you or look for someone who have seen at functions before. You might be able to gain some guidance from them.
- Be confident: Remember to be professional and ask questions. Do not cower in the corner; move about and introduce yourself to new people.
- Follow up: Do not appear as a "schmoozer." You want to keep your new connections, right? Be sure to hand out a business card and follow up with an email or a phone call everyone in while to keep in touch.
- Dealing with Rejection: Do not be afraid of getting rejected. Be open to taking risks and asking about positions.
By Caity Weiss