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HOW EFFECTIVE IS NETWORKING

In Communication, Organizational Communication - Assignment on March 21, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Over the course of your lifetime, networking will be the single most effective strategy used in advancing your career. Learning the skills to network  effectively is absolutely worth the time and energy as it requires skill, since it’s such an important aspect of the job search process. Students, new graduates and experienced employees can all benefit immensely by learning effective networking techniques and practices by maintaining professional contacts that can be used as references for future internships and jobs and as a career builder for your future.

These days the word networking has any number of meanings and context.

There’s social networking, the kind of networking you do wherever two or more of you are gathers and of course that pesky wiring together of far flung computer nodes that might come up in a random search on the term networking.

networking in your world, no matter where that takes place, is still one of the most important elements of small business relationship building. Like many elements of marketing, however, it’s even more effective when you learn how to blend good old “hi, tell me about your business” with “Let’s connect online.”

Commitment

  • Networking takes commitment because:
  • You’ve got to actually get out and go where people are
  • You’ve got to take some time to learn about who might be at the event
  • You’ve got to make an effort to get uncomfortable
  • You’ve got to actually care about what the new person you just met is saying
  • You’ve got to hold off launching into a sales pitch
  • You’ve got to commit to meeting everyone in the same way
  • You’ve got to accept that people need to meet you
  • You’ve got to be willing to approach anyone

Clarity

  • Networking takes clarity because:
  • You’ve got to know exactly how you add value
  • You’ve got to know exactly whom you can help
  • You’ve got to keep your business card from becoming a reflex
  • You’ve got to have an online connection plan
  • You’ve got to have a follow-up plan
  • You’ve got to know who else needs to meet who you meet

Today, pick an event and make a plan to make it amazing. Stuff this list in your pocket and then move fearlessly around the room making meaningful connection with every single person you don’t already know.

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