July 9TH, by Jason Tiemeier, No Comments

How to be an Effective Networker in Austin

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If you are the type of person who has no trouble meeting new people or striking up a conversation with a stranger, you probably don’t need any networking tips – you’re already a natural! However, for those of us who aren’t socially inclined, networking for business may be a challenge.

The truth is, networking is an excellent way to make connections. It’s a way to let people know about who you are and what you do, increase your business’ visibility, establish new working relationships, and find new ways to grow your client base.

In a vibrant, active city such as Austin, there are so many networking opportunities available and so many approaches you can take. Here are some of our top tips on how to be an effective networker in Austin:

Join your local chamber of commerce

Your local chamber of commerce is a great place to focus your networking efforts. The Round Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce have regular networking events where you can meet other local business owners and participate in events and programs that serve the community. Joining your local chamber lends credibility to your business and will also help you in the effort to obtain referrals.

Attend networking events in Austin

Networking Austin is a significant business networking group focused on helping local businesses expand their reach. Their members represent a wide range of industries, including healthcare, construction, finance, technology, marketing, physical training, engineering, real estate, insurance, and more.

Use social media to your advantage

Networking isn’t always done in person – there are a lot of networking activities you can do through social media, especially business-centric sites like LinkedIn. Join groups that focus on your niche and look for groups that are complementary or parallel to what you also do. Doing so will help you gain more visibility; the more active you are on these groups, the more you will be recognized. Be sure to keep your profiles updated with your correct information and post articles on your areas of expertise to build credibility.

Don’t forget to follow up

When you connect with a potential new customer, colleague, or even a competitor, don’t forget to follow up on your conversation. When you attend networking events, especially, it’s easy to be forgotten among the crowds. However, if you try to reach out and continue the conversation, you’ve got a much better chance of making a meaningful connection.

Get a coworking membership

Coworking is a great way to make connections as most coworking members are just like you: entrepreneurial, motivated, driven, and passionate about success. Coworking has many advantages, but one of the most significant is the community it gives you access to. Whether you pick up a new customer or gain access to services that can help you grow, it’s all a part of the bigger picture you are trying to build.

If you are looking for networking opportunities in Austin, look no further than Heritage Office Suites. Our monthly networking events have helped our members grow and build community, and we’d love to see you here. Drop by for a tour today at either our Round Rock or Georgetown location and find out more about how we can help.

Written by: Heritage Office Suites

Our mission is to provide entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups and businesses of all sizes with a collaborative office environment, along with the on-demand services needed, to be more productive and innovative. Our all-inclusive workspaces are a cost-effective alternative to traditional office space that allows your business to thrive while staying lean and nimble.