Networking is not a four-letter word! I know many people feel that way in professional networking and career-related networking. As a connector, I often have talked to people about my methods in networking. The first place to start might sound obvious, but it’s often overlooked. It’s all about the PEOPLE! I truly care about people, their stories and what makes them tick, so for me “networking” is a hobby to me like playing an instrument. I keep up with people in my spare time.
But for introverts, those starting new businesses or those who aren’t comfortable in professional networking environments, I’ve created a talk and slidedeck that I go through with easy and tangible steps in networking 101 for the busy career professional.
Making connections and building relationships is one of the most important things you can do to help your professional career. So next time you think about networking, replace the word “networking” with “connecting with people” and go get ‘em!