Best Practice Netiquette
Netiquette can be described as the convention or standard for communicating online. This will include communication on the Internet (blogging, chat forums etc.) email, or work collaboration. It could also be very applicable for off line networking.
Today, I will focus on Networking and Email Etiquette.
It begins when you go to a networking event and come home with 20 business cards. You have met them, know their name and have conversed with them at the event. Your follow up email should look something like this:
That’s all very well, but if you like to take an apologetic approach for spamming someone, this is a great sample:
Or perhaps you were chatting in the car park outside afterwards, and you thought you’d let them know what a nice car they drive:
I often like to follow up with a good news story; just to be sure they really liked me:
Or if they happened to be a bit pushy and insisted on telling me how much money they made per year:
Or perhaps they are not making enough money, how better to cheer them up with my own good news:
All of the examples above, I have received in the past 20 days. Some are from legitimate business owners; some are obvious spam or unsolicited contact. Take your pick.
This is a sample of a mail I received a couple of days ago, after a first meeting with a local business person:
Indeed the follow up was very much appreciated, but the tone is rather “whatever”.
The next follow up email, made me smile:
Sometimes when you meet someone at an event and build a great rapport, you come away feeling so grateful that you really want to help out the person with feedback on their new website, business pan or Facebook page.
If I am asked for feedback, I always provide it with sincerity, practicality and honesty. Here is a response from a grateful contact:
We have since become great “feedback buddies”. It pays to be generous with your time and effort, especially if the rapport is good and there are ways to help each other out, whether that is locality based, web based, product based, service based or simply knowledge based.
This is where I find my mentors, my cohorts, my friends and colleagues. Do you find your connectors through networking (online or offline)? Do you follow up with them? Are you respectful of them?
Please share your experiences below…