Everything You Need To Know About Networking Etiquette

Being a lawyer gives you a lot of scope to socialize with people, whether it's in large gatherings or a one-to-one meeting in a coffee house. Whichever case you're involved in, think about all of your mannerisms before you head out to network with high profile clients and other accomplished superiors of your field at cocktail parties, dinners, and coffee meetings. Although the current trend of virtual meetings and online networking has reduced the number of personal interactions and meetings up to a large extent, the good old basics of networking with people and building contacts is still robust. To build on your etiquette as a lawyer, check out this quick list of everything you need to know about networking etiquette:


1. Watch What You Wear

The way you dress and the style you display is nothing but an extension of your own personality. And your dressing sense says a lot about you. It defines your thinking and mindset, how much pride you take in being who you are, and your personal mantra. Your clothes and accessories express your way of working and managing things as well as your moods. So, pay heed towards what you are putting on your back.

2. Carry Your Identity Always

Yes, this is what your business cards are for! When you have been invited to a social gathering or you happen to catch up with someone at Starbucks, make sure you are carrying your business cards with you. Keep them in proper card case so that they remain crisp and tidy. Make sure that your business card has of your updated information.

3. Encourage Handshaking

This is sure shot way to establish warmth in a professional meeting. No, it does not mean that you need to become overly personal; it's simply a confident and friendly handshake to the person you are meeting with. This displays your confidence level and that you are pleased to be in his or her company.

4. Avoid Seclusion

Avoid isolated and introverted behavior, especially on the occasions of parties and cocktail dinners. Try to give off an approachable and gregarious demeanor and, if possible, give a handsome display of your sense of humor. This is the most certain way to draw people's attention towards you, even in the midst of a thick crowd. Being overly shy or giving off a stand-offish vibe will only alienate people from you, which could prove to be counterproductive for your work and reputation.

5. Stay Updated On Current Affairs

Always have a couple of current happenings and hot burnishing topics ready on your finger tips whenever you plan to see someone in a group or alone, especially if it is your first meeting with the person or group. During a first meeting, people usually don't have anything to talk about apart from business. Current affairs is a great topic for most occasions.

6. Stick To Basic Manners

What you learned as a child still holds the same level of significance even today. This simply means that you do not forget to use the good old PLEASE and THANK YOU! It always adds a soft touch and makes the interaction much pleasing.

7. Establish Camaraderie With Professionalism

Be communicative and hold witty conversations with people while networking. Also be an attentive listener. Maintain eye contact whenever someone is talking to you and back up your interaction with a smile. However, do not start sharing personal details about your recent break up or the habits of your pet cat! Also, be light hearted and stay detached from drama by being sporting for tongue in cheek humor.

8. Avoid Distractions

Nothing seems to be more irreverent and annoying than sitting with a person who is more interested in his phone, tablet, or any other engagement than the meeting itself. So, take care of this etiquette specifically. Turn off your mobile phone while conversing (or at least put it on silent mode).

Related Posts

10 Tips For People Who Hate Networking Top 10 People You Must Have In Your Network To Find A Job 8 Steps To Build Relationships After A Networking Event Photo Credit: Shutterstock

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if your co-worker took credit for the work you did...right in front of your colleagues AND boss!

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Cam submitted. He's been working at a job for awhile, but recently overheard a hiring manager making fun of a candidate with autism right after an interview-not only awkward, but VERY unprofessional!

SHOW MORE Show less

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if witnessed a hiring manager at your organization making fun of a candidate who they had just interviewed who had autism.

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less

Starting a family is one of the biggest milestones in a person's life. It's in those first few months when a parent can really bond with their newborn and make lifelong memories. However, for some new dads, it can be difficult to juggle being a new parent while remaining dedicated to their career.

Fortunately, some companies have generous paternity leave policies that give new dads the ability to take time off of work to stay home with their child.

SHOW MORE Show less

There are LOTS of questions around resume dos and don'ts. There's so much advice out there that it can be overwhelming to try and figure out what's the correct answer.

During our weekly live Office Hours on YouTube, two of our coaches, Ariella Coombs and J.T. O'Donnell, answer questions live from viewers related to their job search, career success, on the job situations and more.

We complied a simple list of what we find to be the most common questions our coaches get about resumes. We hope you find this helpful.

Let's start with the basics...

SHOW MORE Show less

Back in March, we made the hard decision to change our private Facebook group of over 37 THOUSAND members to a fee-based only platform.

SHOW MORE Show less

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if a recruiter called you a day EARLY for your phone interview (and you were NOT PREPARED!)

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less

If you caught our last video in our latest series, "Well This Happened..." you heard about the problem one of our viewers is having with their co-worker. To recap, they have a colleague that overshares a little too much, and they weren't sure how to go about addressing this. We had some great responses from our viewers on how they think our friend should handle this. Check out the answer below and let us know if you guessed right or not!

SHOW MORE Show less

Negotiating salary can be a scary, intimidating experience. However, if you go in prepared, it doesn't have to be that way - you can confidently negotiate for a salary you deserve. But how?

SHOW MORE Show less