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Be gregarious

Be eager and willing to meet new people. Building connections will not happen when you sit at home and hope for someone to reach out to you.

Meeting people face-to-face is very valuable, but internet contacts can also be helpful. Being sociable is most useful when you don't need a favour.

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Since relationships impact performance, it would not be unfair that some opportunity would come through connections.

Technical proficiency is only a small part of success. The other more important aspects are being trustworthy, timely and easy to communicate with. Employing a recommended contractor means that you know better what type of person you'll be hiring.

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We have a deep-seated longing to meet and befriend high-value people, such as celebrities. We desire to associate with people perceived to be higher value than ourselves.

The biggest step to improve your networking ability, is to be higher value. Some strategies include:

  • Doing interesting things.
  • Improving your skills in a demonstrable way. Demonstrate that you are good at something valuable.
  • Having other good connections. Simply knowing other high value people can make you a higher value person.

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Talent and effort matter for professional success. But what matters more is that the gears of the machine are greased with favouritism. It is about who you know.

This situation is not necessarily pessimistic. Building connections is just as important in building a career as the work you do.

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Networking is not just for the extroverted personality or the natural charm. Many of the best networkers are somewhat introverted.

Three core traits can improve your networking skills:

  • Be high value
  • Be generous
  • Be gregarious

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Everyone wants to network with people who can help them. However, it's much better to focus on who you can help.

Being generous is about anticipating what others might need and reaching out.

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The Missing Practice

One practice of having a good life is to have regular conversations with people smarter than you or at least a bit ahead in some areas of life you care about.

Yet this practice is often omitted. People may think that they should start doing this, but admit that they find it hard to strike up a conversation with someone new.

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Your Authentic Self At The Workplace

Being yourself is generally considered the best way to cultivate meaningful work relationships, career growth and eventual success. A strong social network is developed as a result of the work relationships that develop, resulting in better job satisfaction.

However, being totally unfiltered and trusting towards your coworkers can ruin your career in weeks, so there is a middle path that needs to be undertaken.

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Hustler - The go-getter

The word hustler means an aggressively enterprising person or a go-getter. Hustlers have a great ability for getting what they want from a new person or situation.

If you want to rehab your career, hustle yourself into new conversations with people who can help you land your dream job.

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