The purpose of networking is to build quality relationships with a number of contacts who may be able to help with your career now or at some future date; and vice versa. Your network should be made up of people with whom you have a genuine connection.
Networking takes place in many venues, which may include:
- Seminars, Conferences, Training Programs
- Professional Associations and Educational Alumnus
- Formal Networking Groups
- Mentors and Coaches
- Formal introductions and Virtual Introductions
- External Board Membership / Volunteer Organizations
Social Networking has opened a whole new venue:
- ZoomInfo…. and many more
Networking for Introverts
Start small; seek out familiar faces of friends and relatives
Stop apologizing; ask for time, advice and help
Tap into your passions; attend events that relate to an interest you enjoy
Ask for introductions; ask your friend or colleague to introduce you
Be prepared; know who will be there and practice an ice-breaker question; have your personal pitch ready; anticipate questions
Follow up; sharing information builds credibility and shows you do what you said you would do
Get over the fear of rejection; don’t take it personally and move on
Take risks; the person you are speaking to may be feeling uncomfortable too
See a coach; if you have trouble opening up to people, see a communications coach to help practice new skills.
Bromelin People Practices sponsors a number of structured networking activities; if you are interested in participating, please email [email protected] for more information.
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