How to make networking fun

Thursday, December 8, 2022
by Hersh, AFM Student

Hersh workng at his deskNetworking can be a scary experience, and you might be putting a lot of pressure on yourself because you think you need it to find a job or to advance your career. The truth is you can approach networking in a fun and lighthearted way to get the most out of it. Here are my three tips that I found made networking more enjoyable:

1. Be genuine and show interest

Be yourself and show an interest in the person you are networking with. You are more likely to click with somebody if there is a real connection. Don’t be afraid to be yourself, find some common ground, and have conversations about topics that genuinely interest you and the person you are networking with.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask some personal questions

While it’s important to remain professional when networking, don’t be afraid to throw in a few personal questions to help create a more genuine connection. However, it’s important to stay away from sensitive topics and keep the conversation fun. Here are examples of some good personal questions to break the ice:

  • With what you know now, what advice would you give to your university self?
  • What are your hobbies or interests outside of work/school?
  • What led you to choose this career/pathway?
  • What are your favourite memories from university/school?

3. Follow up with the person you networked with

Once your chat/meeting is over, reach out and thank the person you networked with for their time. Be sure to follow up and eventually find time to chat again. Following up helps develop your relationship with the person and foster a stronger connection.

Overall, it can take some time to build this skill, but try a few of these tips out and see what works best for you!