May 17, 2016
How To Network Successfully In The Field Of Alternative Health
Networking events can be a positive or a negative (disappointing) experience. A formal networking event
should be about people easily communicating about their passion, making connections and sharing
Below are a few tips that will teach you how to be successful in networking with others in the field of
1. Start to network before you actually need it.
Desperation can be detected a mile away, and some clues that seasoned networkers look for are the look
of panic in a person’s eyes, as well as a stack of resumes that they are carrying around. The most
effective networking happens when you do not have a predetermined agenda. When this happens, you
will gain the reputation of being generous minded, instead of only having a self-serving plan.
2. Know what you are offering.
Know what skills you are willing to trade. Have a plan as to what you want to talk about, and try not to get
derailed. In addition, it is important that you have a clear understanding of how you can help others and
more importantly, how they can help you.
3. Never dismiss anyone.
There is value in everyone you meet, so make sure you ask questions and attentively listen to their
response. Do not make the mistake of walking past someone who may hold a title of a “clerk” or
“receptionist”, as these individuals may very well be the valuable connection you require. Remember to
continuously connect the dots, everyone knows someone. It is for this reason, that you should have an
upbeat and positive attitude with everyone you meet.
4. End every conversation with this statement.
It is so rarely done, and it is often met with surprised look, but when you end a conversation with “How
can I assist you?” you have shown that you have something of value to offer, and are willing to share that
information without expecting anything in return. Also, always present your contact information (via a
business card) to every person you meet and engage in conversation.
5. Follow-up and follow-through.
Keep your promises, so if you told someone you will be in touch within a weeks’ time, do not fail to
contact them within 5 to 7 days. If you promised to make a third party connection, make sure you follow-
through with this promise in a timely manner. When you “drop the ball”, your reputation of being a
responsible connection in the field of alternative health will also drop, and the success you have tried so
hard to achieve will decline.
6. Have faith in the power of networking
When you truly understand the value of networking and helping others, you will be amazed at the magic
that will begin to happen – to you on a personal level, as well as the success you will begin to see on a
Formal networking events are great, but it is also important that you have an “elevator” speech and
business card ready.