Networking can be a very powerful and effective tool in the aesthetic industry. It can be very beneficial to your professional and personal development.
There are many ways that you can network your business, both in-person and online. Networking in the healthcare industry typically looks like attending conferences or joining professional associations. But networking is more than just showing up to these events or meetings. You have to put in the work to make it effective.
Here are some of the benefits of networking:
- Advance your career
- Land a new job
- Learn new things and expand your knowledge
- Find referral partners
- Meet other vendors that could help your business like marketing professionals, business attorneys, accountants, etc.
Here are some of our best tips for networking like a pro:
- Rehearse your “Elevator Pitch”: Your elevator pitch is a brief introduction to you and your aesthetic practice. Make it interesting where upon hearing, people want to learn more about you. Give specifics about what you do, differentiate yourself, describe what makes you special and unique, describe your niche if you have one.
- Seek out people: If there is someone you really want to meet, seek them out and introduce yourself. Make yourself known and set yourself apart.
- Follow-ups: Following up with the people you meet is the critical point of networking. It’s important to stay fresh in the minds of the people you meet. You can follow up via email, a hand-written card, or phone call. This is where you can suggest getting together for further connecting to see where you can potentially benefit one another.
- Cultivate those relationships: Networking isn’t just about finding immediate new clients. It’s important to cultivate and keep the relationships you establish by networking. These people could be referral sources, power partners, or could present opportunities for growth. But they are only effective if you keep these relationships active over time.
Overall, networking can be a very beneficial exercise to help better yourself and your practice. You have to get out there and put effort into it, but it can be rewarding if done properly.