Networking. It’s one of those terms you hear time and time again. Even here at JobMonkey.com, we always write that success in life is all about who you know. It’s true. Life is all about connections.
Networking isn’t just for job seekers. Growing your network is something that everyone needs to make a top priority. Unfortunately, too many people find networking to be a socially awkward activity that’s uncomfortable and stressful. There’s no doubt that it’s tough to push your comfort zone and meet new people, but why is that?
The problem with networking is that people treat it like a chore. They feel that they need to know the right people to get ahead. Therefore they focus their networking efforts on meeting certain individuals, but that’s not what networking is all about.
Networking isn’t a big game where the winner makes contact with the most people. No, networking is about building genuine relationships with people. When you can be yourself and you truly get to know other people, that’s the ticket to success.
You never know who you’re going to meet or where you’re going to meet them. In order to grow your network anywhere, anytime, you need to be friendly and nice at all times. Then you need to:
- Show a genuine interested in the people you meet
- Be interesting
- Create relationships
- Be willing to help others
- Smile more
- Ask questions to keep the conversation flowing
- Follow up
Do this at all times and you’ll grow your network faster than you ever thought possible. By showing a genuine interest in everyone you meet, you’ll create meaningful relationships with people who want to help you get ahead. Give it a try. It really does work wonders.