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Networking Etiquette 101: Do's and Don'ts for Young Professionals

Networking is crucial for young professionals looking to advance their careers and build meaningful, long-lasting connections. 

However, networking is more than just showing up and exchanging business cards—it requires a keen understanding of etiquette. 

At GET Phoenix, we believe that mastering the art of networking can significantly enhance your personal and professional journey. So, we’ve prepared this helpful guide of do’s and don’ts for you to keep in mind the next time you attend an event..

Be sure to give them a try by attending our next event!

The Do's of Networking

Do Prepare Ahead of Time

Before attending an event, research the event and its attendees. Know the type of people who will be there (industry-specific, young professionals, etc.), the event’s purpose, and the key speakers or topics (if any). This preparation will give you a leg up in initiating and engaging inmeaningful conversations.

Do Practice Your Elevator Pitch

An elevator pitchcan spark interest in your work, but more importantly, it represents who you are! Practice delivering your pitch clearly and confidently, highlighting your passions, key skills,goals, and what you like to do outside of work A well-crafted elevator pitch can open doors to deeper conversations and opportunities. But remember, it doesn’t have to be all about work!

Do Listen Actively

Networking is as much about listening as it is about talking. Show genuine interest in what others say by listening intently, maintaining eye contact, and asking thoughtful questions.

Do Follow Up

After meeting new people, follow up with a personalized LinkedIn message or email. Mention something specific from your conversation to jog their memory and express your interest in staying connected. Following up shows genuine interest in connecting and keeping the relationship moving forward.

Do Be Yourself

Don’t put on a front—just be your genuine self! If you are authentic and sincere, people are more likely to remember you and build a genuine, long-lasting connection.

Do Offer Help

Networking is a two-way street. Offer your assistance or resources to others whenever possible. Being helpful and generous can create a positive impression and encourage reciprocity.

The Don’ts of Networking

Don't Be Overly Aggressive

While being proactive is essential, being overly aggressive can be off-putting. Avoid dominating conversations or pushing your agenda too forcefully. Networking should feel natural and mutually beneficial, not like a sales pitch.

Don't Interrupt

Interrupting others while they’respeaking is a quick way to lose a new connection. Wait for a natural pause before jumping in with your thoughts. Respectful communication fosters better relationships and shows that you value what others have to say.

Don't Focus Solely on Yourself

Talking only about yourself and your achievements can come across as self-centered. Balance your conversations by showing interest in others and asking about their experiences and perspectives. This balance helps build rapport and mutual respect.

Don't Forget Business Cards

While digital connections are increasingly popular, traditional business cards are still valuable. Make sure to carry a sufficient supply and offer them at appropriate times. They are a tangible reminder of your interaction and can help facilitate future connections. If you don’t have business cards, ask whomever you’re speaking with if they’re willing to connect on LinkedIn.

Don't Neglect Your Online Presence

Your online presence is an extension of your networking efforts. Keep your LinkedIn profile updated and professional. Connect with new contacts online to maintain and grow your network, ensuring your online image reflects your professional persona.

Additional Tips for Successful Networking

Dress Appropriately

Your attire should match the event's formality (GET Phoenix tends to be a little more casual, but come as you are!). Dressing appropriately shows respect for the event and its attendees and helps you feel more confident. A professional appearance can make a solid first impression and set the tone for your interactions.

Be Punctual

Arriving on time demonstrates respect and reliability. It also allows you to meet other early attendees and engage in more intimate conversations before the event gets crowded.

Have a Positive Attitude

A positive attitude is contagious and can make you more approachable. Smile, be enthusiastic, and maintain an open mind to foster new connections and leave a positive lasting impression.

Respect Personal Space

Be mindful of personal space and body language. Respect others' comfort zones and avoid encroaching on their personal space, especially in crowded settings. Maintaining appropriate personal space can help ensure your interactions are comfortable and respectful.


Mastering networking etiquette is essential for young professionals looking to build solid and lasting connections. You can navigate networking events confidently and professionally by following these do's and don'ts. At GET Phoenix, we are committed to helping young professionals in Phoenix develop their networking skills and make genuine connections.

Ready to put your networking etiquette to the test?Join us on Wednesday, July 31, for our GET to Meet event!



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