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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Interacting with people with same interests but from different professions, nationalities, and cultures gives you a broader scope of life. Networking is an opportunity to practice starting conversations, communicating clearly and learning about people around you. These interactions will increase your confidence, and you will no longer feel anxious about starting a conversation with strangers.
Another undeniable benefit of networking is the impact on your business or career. Experts agree that success has a direct link to your networking skills. More connected individuals are more successful!
The professional benefits of networking are well-documented. But if the very thought makes you squirm with discomfort, you aren’t alone.
Networking makes people feel morally impure, especially workers lower on the professional food chain who see engaging in networking as selfish. Still, failure to network has real consequences for workplace performance.
New research suggests that, for those who loathe happy-hour meetups and employee get-togethers, a change in attitude could be the ticket to a bigger network and more productive career.
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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