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7 Counterintuitive Networking Hacks You Probably Aren't Using

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7 Counterintuitive Networking Hacks You Probably Aren't Using
But networking doesn't have to be this painful. In fact, there are plenty of things you can do to make building valuable professional relationships a habit, not just when you need something. Here are seven counterintuitive networking hacks to try. It's easy to lose touch with your best friend in college once opportunities take you to different cities.

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Email updates

Building a strong network is one thing, and keeping it strong is another.

But it’s not that difficult to maintain your relationships:  sending a few email updates per year that include major achievements about your professional and personal life to the people that are closest to you can be a game changer.

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LinkedIn updates

Share updates pretty regularly in order to tell connections what’s on your mind, whether it’s your point of view on some industry news story, or just congratulating a colleague on a business win.

And by putting yourself out there, you’re taking regular small steps that could someday turn into an opportunity to take a bigger one.

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Tell people to text you

Tell people to text you

It allows individuals to get straight to the point, and since many people use texting as a daily form of communication, you’re more likely to get a response.

The trick is to make sure you apply standard business etiquette, such as respecting business hours.

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Reach out to people even when you don't need anything

Relationships take time, and by the time you do need something and could use their help, they’re more likely to respond if they know who you are.

It means being attentive to their career moves and views on certain issues (if they’ve made them public), asking specific questions and finding a way to provide value to them.

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Remember birthdays

Remember birthdays
It seems simple, but in this day and age, too many people don’t bother to do it. Which means that if you’re one of the few who do, that person in your professional network is likely going to remember you favorably.


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Look at your current professional network

... and find ways to deepen those relatonships.

Catching up with someone I know over lunch can actually be much more appealing than making small talk with strangers over finger food. But often, we undervalue (and underprioritize) these appointments, even though meeting with people in our current professional circle is networking.

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Purpose of Career Networking

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  5. Keep track of your network

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Practice networking everyday

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Keeping in loose touch

You pop up now and again to your connections and acquaintances (old and new), without any obligation to follow up or see each other in person.

  • It helps you to connect even with your weak or dormant ties, that will, in turn, be able to help you if you with what opportunities they have. 
  • You can connect via text or email, and you can take the time to compose thoughtful messages without being put on-the-spot.

The effect of loose touch

... is to put you into someone’s consciousness for a few minutes, and vice versa.

In cultivating loose-touch connections, know that your network won’t appear all at once; it takes steady, continuous work.

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Convey genuine appreciation

Actively project warmth and high energy. People like you when they feel liked by you.

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Listen with intent

Being a good listener is about two things: 

  1. Demonstrating that you’ve heard exactly what was said by the other person.
  2. Encouraging them to continue. This breaks down into what’s called “backchanneling” — offering short, enthusiastic responses as the other person talks (i.e. “yeah” “mm-hmm” “totally” “I can see that”), and asking follow up questions that reference the information you were just given.

Use humility markers

Acknowledging your own fallibility and human imperfection can go a long way toward making yourself relatable. Especially if there’s a power dynamic where someone is asking for your advice, attention or help, you want to put the other person at ease.

Taking the time to call or meet in person also expresses humility.