When it comes to NETWORKING there are many, many tips and tricks. However, if you don’t start with this ONE, then none of the rest will make a difference.
I know you dread networking. You only do it when you have to and even then, you do it grudgingly.
I know that, for you, networking is just a long four-letter word.
I know this for two reasons. First, I don’t know many people who actually enjoy networking. Second, until I realized my mistake, this is exactly how I felt too. I viewed networking as a necessary evil – I would show up but not really participate.
So, what was my mistake? I had been seeing networking as a chore, rather than treating it as an opportunity.
There are endless articles and cheat sheets that cover networking, but where most of them fail is that they rarely cover the main problem most of us have with networking, and that is our attitude toward it.
Attitude is everything and the simple act of turning a negative into a positive is hugely powerful. Not only will you stop dreading networking, you might even start to enjoy it (really!). Why? Because, viewed in the right light networking is an incredibly useful tool. Done well, it can be used for a variety of reasons: to learn about new trends in your area, to research new avenues, to test out a new idea or thought, and, yes, to expand your network.
Easy for me to say, right? ‘But’, I hear you say, ‘how exactly do I do that?’