Networking is a job in itself and is a proficient way to increase your contacts, develop your visibility, find new opportunities and solidify your brand…
Networking requires motivation, self-awareness, a bold attitude, being a people person and being open to new possibilities.
Wondering what are some effective ways to develop your network?
1. Be self-aware
To properly network, you must know how to sell yourself and what you are selling.
Indeed, by understanding every aspect of your personality, by identifying your area of expertise, main skills, strengths and weaknesses, you will be able to take a stand, be more confident, more authentic and at peace with yourself.
2. Maintain a positive attitude
People will be attracted to what you are selling – which is yourself – if you maintain a positive and approachable attitude.
Furthermore, you need to say that you are excited or motivated, you just have to show it.
3. Choose your networking events wisely
There is no point in participating in certain networking events if you don’t belong together field of interest, are not going to contribute, don’t really care about the event or the people, or if you just want to aimlessly hand off business cards
4. Identify the key players
It can be useful before networking to survey the people who are going to show up and to spot those who are going to take you to the next level.
5. Instill trust
When you introduce yourself, to instill trust, you can remind them that you two possibly run in the same circle or may share the same acquaintance.
Sometimes, you may also need to take a little detour and introduce yourself to an acquaintance of an acquaintance before making a move.
6. Create common ground
Speaking about your hobbies, sharing personal interest, or simply asking for help or expertise are great ways to create common ground.
Last Words Of Advice!
There is no need to network in all types of events for you can easily spread yourself thin, quickly look like an opportunist or make a fool out of yourself.
If you cannot find events that interest you, you can create one based on what is most important to you.
Hope that I’ve helped you get it together on your way to leadership!
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