Melbourne's networking etiquette

Networking etiquette in Melbourne
Updated 2022-10-27 06:18

Melbourne attracts people from all over the world and it's no wonder expats and international students decide to settle here. It's hard to resist its laid-back lifestyle, urban beaches, foodie culture, and world-class coffee. Once you've settled in, consider working on your networking to make sure you get the most out of the city and to make new connections that could eventually help you.

Networking allows you to expand your circle of friends and professional connections. Through networking you may be able to find a job in Melbourne, or make friends with people who share the same passions as you.

Networking Tips

Whether you're looking to meet new people, grow your business, or meet professionals for job opportunities, networking is the perfect way to make connections. It will really help you to keep in mind some good networking practices when building relationships:

Always be friendly and if you are building business relationships, maintain a certain degree of professionalism. Don't be afraid to share your business contact information, such as your business email address or LinkedIn profile.

Establish a relationship of reciprocity and equality. If you're seeking professional advice or assistance, it's the least you can do to return the favor if necessary. Make sure you pay attention and don't focus on yourself or what you are looking for. The same goes for social networking, be warm and remember that this is a two-way relationship.

Always be approachable, honest, and trustworthy. If you are networking for social or professional reasons, your openness and integrity are your assets. One of the worst things about building a new relationship with someone is getting off on the wrong foot. Distorting the truth or covering up a situation will get you nowhere. Remember that Melbourne is a "small" city and the last thing you want is to build a bad reputation.

Even if you are unsure of what you are doing, always be genuine and upfront about it. People are always willing to help someone in good faith, and even if the person you are talking to can't help you, they may recommend you to someone else if they like and trust you.

Moderate your expectations and don't let anyone take you for granted. Sharing experiences, exchanging advice and services is great, but remember to always set a limit for services, which in principle can be charged for in a professional context. Don't ask for services that you would not be comfortable providing. Also, don't expect much for free, especially in a professional setting.

If you are looking to build your network in a professional setting, keep the discussion relevant. What are you trying to accomplish at this networking event? How might this person help you professionally and what can you do in return?

To expand your social network, look for events that involve an activity you enjoy. This way, you'll have the best chance of meeting people you'll get along with. It's also a way to get more out of the experience and build stronger relationships.

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