When it comes to finding a job, making a business connection, or just building a relationship to help with your career goals, you can do things the easy way or the hard way. The hard way would be to make endless cold calls by yourself until eventually, you get your foot in the door. The easy way would be to rely on warm introductions. These 4 tips from CEO.com will help you convert a regular conversation into a warm introduction.
1. DO YOUR RESEARCH
Before you ask the individual to make the warm intro for you, make sure you’ve done your research. You’ll want to understand their relationship before you ask for anything, and you’ll also want to have a clear understanding of what you hope to get out of the intro.
2. ESTABLISH COMMON GROUND
When using BizDate, you’ll easily be able to tell what your shared interests are with the person that you’re relying on for the warm intro. This will help make your interactions less transactional. Start your conversation by discussing the topics you both share an interest in. This will help build a bond between you and your match, and will be a good place to start your relationship with them.
3. OUTLINE YOUR OBJECTIVES
When you’re finally ready to ask for the warm intro, outline your objectives clearly. You want to think of this ask as a pitch. Don’t only think about why the person would be an asset to you, but also think of why would you be an asset to the individual you want to meet. Detail those assets clearly, and succinctly.
4. BE PROFESSIONAL
It should go without saying that friendliness, punctuality, and a professionalism is essential. First impressions are everything, and it’s not just your reputation on the line. The person who initiated the introduction will be staking their credibility on you, so you really want to prove that this meeting is worth the their time as well.
Here at BizDate, we believe that warm introductions are key when creating networking relationships. That’s why our product helps you get those warm intros more easily than ever! Use these tips to turn the conversations in your BizChat into warm introductions in real life. Download BizDate today!