[is-gateway name=”HicksNewMedia” id=”INFOtainmentNews”]Having a good, solid network of business contacts can help you out in several ways. They can bring business to you when you need it, send potential job candidates your way or even tell you about career opportunities that you can use yourself. You can also trade favors, get assistance with certain things and promote your business when you build a network of business contacts. Luckily, following these five tips will help you snag the contacts that you need.

Attend Conferences and Events

Attending conferences, conventions and other events is a great way to learn a lot and make a lot of great business connections. Just remember: This is a wonderful opportunity to meet people from your industry and others like it, so make sure that you aren't too shy. Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to others, to ask questions and to tell people what you do. Don't be afraid to ask for business cards and other contact information, and share your own as well.

Link Up With Old Friends

People that you know from the past, such as old professors and people who you used to work with, might be able to provide you with valuable business contacts along with a nice trip down memory lane. To get in contact with these people, consider calling them or linking up with them on social media websites.

Create an Online Presence

Today's world has made it so that it is important to have your own brand. By creating your own blog or website and social media channels, you can promote yourself and your brand to people all over the world. This is a good way to make a name for yourself and meet new people, but make sure that you communicate with those who comment on your blog or link with you on social media sites for best results.

Join LinkedIn

LinkedIn is one of the top sites for professionals who want to meet with one another and link up, and you can use your LinkedIn profile in many ways that are sure to benefit you. First of all, make sure that you fill out a nice profile page that has all of your relevant information, such as where you work, what you do, where you went to school and more. Next, try to link up with as many of the people that you know as you can. Then, join various groups, follow different businesses and try to make friends. You might be surprised by the valuable connections that you can make.

Try to Meet As Many People As You Can

When you are out in social situations, make an effort to meet as many people as possible and to hand out your business card. By doing so, you never know who you might meet, and people are sure to remember you for your professionalism and charm. You might even meet up with people from your own industry in this manner.

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Luke is a Business Development Manager from Victoria, Australia. From his serviced offices in Melbourne he spends his days building his network of business contacts using the above tips and wanted to share his secrets for success. 

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