Networking. So many people talk about it, but how many know what it actually means?

According to most experts, networking is building relationships on the basis of trust. Lynne Waymon, co-author of Make Your Contacts Count, says, “It’s about teaching and giving. Teaching people who you are… and what kind of opportunities to send your way. And it is about giving – listening so generously that you can also help people accomplish their goals.”

Know your goal and have a strategy Don’t wait until a crisis hits; network now
Be confident; find a role model or a mentor you can emulate Don’t be a wallflower – make an effort to socialize with co-workers at events
Say thank you often and smile Don’t ask for a job, ask for advice first
Brag about your skills. Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Make a good first impression Don’t shy away from exploring online networking groups like Ryze or LinkedIn
Follow up with a new contact as soon as you can Don’t join tons of networking organizations; two or three may be enough
Send a Christmas or holiday card to re-establish contacts Don’t put things on Facebook you wouldn’t want a new boss to see
Learn to listen attentively  
Gain trust and learn to trust, in order to build friendships  

Want more information? Check out this article from the Washington Post.

Published on September 9th, 2019

Last updated on August 8th, 2019