Building a strong network is key to one’s career/ business growth yet many women overlook the power of a strong professional circle of like-minded people who can help transform their career.
I am great believer in building a strong network and feel many women overlook the power of a strong professional circle of like-minded people who can help transform your career and support you when the going gets tough. Building a sterling reputation for business strategy is 20% what you know and 80% who you know.
The first step to building a network is getting you out there, small intimate groups to large gatherings. However choose you social engagements wisely make sure your know who you want to meet and do your due diligence before you go. This also accounts for internal events as well as external. Krista recommends, “ know who is in the room and why they are there, people are more approachable and open when you meet them on a level playing field.”
Don’t become a NETWORK SL*T!
Women, tend to shy away from opportunities to network. They find excuses like a heavy workload, fatigue or lack of credibility to avoid making small talk despite the chance to strike up a new friendship or business partnership.
My advice is just to take the first step. When you’re at a function or event, understand your network. What can you offer instead of just what you can get. Make sure you are clear on what you have to offer, understand your industry’s best practices and explore ways of entering other industries. The key to expanding your network is to always be thinking logically.
“It can be daunting once you step out of your comfort zone, and straight into your sweet spot. You’ll start building your confidence and become a beacon that attracts others to you and your energy.”
Your network is “gold” so you need to always invest time in nurturing those relationships. I would urged you to find out people’s passions and what drives them, and then use that information to identify opportunities where you may be able to help, offer advice or make valuable connections.
When you say your going to do something DO it! The amount of times people have promised something and not delivered is shocking. This is a fast way to loose credibility & trust from others.
“People will always remember how you make them feel rather than what you actually say,” Its our primal instructs at work here “So the next time they have a business opportunity you’ll be among the first people who will come to mind as a potential partner or connection.”
The truth is that every woman in world is already an old hand at networking. It’s the drive of our divine femininity.
Social media offers endless avenues and opportunities to connect and reconnect with others without the dreaded small talk. Therein lies the danger – people want to connect with you and your energy.
Stop hiding behind Facebook, LinkedIn and/or other social media networks. Get out and breathe fresh air.
Despite the connectivity that social media offers, I still insisted on the importance of building a network via face-to-face meetings.
That way you become unforgettable, add value to your business/organisation and build your profile as an industry expert.
6 Keys to being on point when networking:
- Always say yes to the right opportunity and jump right in
- Understand what you have to offer – what makes you sparkle
- Start building your personal profile on social media
- Be clear about the kind of people you want to connect with and why
- Invest time and energy into playing and nurturing your network
- Always do what you say your going to do