9 Networking Mistakes To Avoid

YEC entrepreneurs sound off on what networking mistakes to avoid if you want to impress.   When you’re networking, you have one chance to make a really good first impression — and impress potential business prospects. We asked some experts to share their advice on how to network effectively by what networking mistakes you should avoid. Question: What is the biggest networking mistake you have ever made?   VANESSA VAN EDWARDS Science of People Asking Instead of Offering “I used to go to networking events all the time thinking, “I need. I need. I need.” And of course, I never made any connections. Now I go in with an offer mentality. Instead of focusing on what I need, I focus on what I can offer. I have better conversations, meet more interesting people and have made way more business deals.”   ROBERT CASTANEDA ServiceRocket Not Understanding the Audience “Going to networking event after networking event in our own industry, it can sometimes become too comfortable. Every time I attend a networking event that is in a slightly different field, I need to remember to reset and adjust to the audience and dynamic of that group. Getting too comfortable with old networks and not approaching each one fresh can lead to lots of foot-in-mouth situations.”   ROB FULTON AudioLumin Greeting Someone With “Nice to See You Again!” “Sometimes it’s hard in this modern age to know if you’ve actually met people or if you just know them from the Internet. I’ve made the terrible mistake of trying to buddy up to people at networking events by attempting politeness. Saying, “Nice to see you!” only to get,...