3 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Networking & Boost Your Network | Breakroom Buddha - Deepstash
3 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Networking & Boost Your Network | Breakroom Buddha

3 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Networking & Boost Your Network | Breakroom Buddha

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3 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Networking & Boost Your Network | Breakroom Buddha

How to Set Up a Networking Call

  • Start small. Connect with your peers, teachers, family, and friends to start off.
  • Think outside the box. Try cold-emailing, especially if you're searching for a job. It will be jarring at first due to a large amount of rejections or no replies, but as a result, it will become easier to present yourself via email or at in-person events.
  • Make the first move. You miss 100% of the opportunities you don’t take, so take them.

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Before Your Networking Call

Create a Pre-Networking Routine:

  • Calm yourself by rehearsing what you're going to say in the mirror.
  • Boost your self-esteem and confidence with positive affirmations.

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During Your Networking Call

Keep The Convo Moving:

  • Write down the questions you want to ask during your networking call or event.
  • Refer back to those questions during your networking call.
  • Ask questions that not only refers to someone's career but also thier personal goals and future endeavors.
  • Personal questions create a welcoming environment and can be therapeutic for both parties.

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After Your Networking Call

Stay Engaged After Networking:

  • After networking, find your connections on a professional social media platform (i.e. LinkedIn ) to stay connected.
  • Interact with their followers, post commenters, and posts you find amusing or inspiring.
  • Keep a list of topics that your connections frequently engage with for future reference. This is helpful in case you or your connection needs a referral for a project, job, or new opportunity.

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Get Started: Build Your Network

3 platfoms to use if you're a new or shy networker:

  • Eventbrite is great for non-traditional networking. It's a global e-invite website with events ranging from fitness, lifestyle, to career.
  • Acadium is best for long-term networking. It offers a 3- month apprenticeship, 1:1 mentorship from industry professionals, and real-world experience.
  • Ladder is a great alternative to Clubhouse. It offers an approachable way to interact with a community, exclusive content, and niche job opportunities.

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