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Networking Essentials - LISTERINE® Pocketpaks REV2

No matter what your career is, networking with others can significantly impact your success. Whether it is by meeting someone who may one day consider or recommend you for a job, introduce you to someone who may help you grow your business or offer you words of wisdom that motivates you or takes you to another level professionally, networking with others is vital. However, it doesn’t always come naturally for people, so…

Here are 5 easy networking tips for you to try!

Be yourself

It is important that you be genuine so that you can ultimately build trust and develop long term relationships.

Stay Focused

Know what you do, why you do it and what makes your doing it special or different from others doing the same thing.


A smile goes a long way! Plus, it makes you more approachable.

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Be Prepared

Any encounter with someone can turn into a networking opportunity, even when you least expect it. That being said, I try to be prepared. While I don’t always leave the house dressed for a business meeting you won’t find me out and about in my pajamas.  I make sure my hair is done and that my teeth are brushed. I also always have perfume or body spray AND LISTERINE® Pocketpaks because without fresh breath, you’ll lack the confidence you need and possibly lose a few friends, LOL.

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Follow Up

If you don’t intend on following up, then you might as well not even bother to network in the first place because you’ll just be wasting your time. Relationships need to be cultivated, so put in the time and build upon what you started.

What other networking tips work for you? I’d love to hear them.

* All data referenced in this post was provided by the LISTERINE® Brand Survey.  To learn more, please go to