To some people, the idea of networking seems intimidating. Fortunately, there’s a simple way to ease the pressure and reduce the intimidation: Think of it as building relationships and not as networking.
In a healthy relationship, there’s give and take. People support each other, lean on each other, and help each other through tough times. It’s a natural thing, and it evolves over time. Networking can feel forced, and it may not feel as natural. How does that mindset shift from networking to the relationship? Build trust through intimacy. Show them that besides being professional, you’re also human. Skip the small talk, and go deep into what really matters – your interests and passions, your struggles and frustrations.
Sometimes networking can feel forced and stilted; this should be more natural, and it should be built on a foundation of mutual respect. As a result, it’s essential to be open minded, genuine, mindful of personal details and respectful of cultural differences. In addition, it’s important to learn about each other and to reciprocate introductions, assistance, and so on.
Grow Your Network of Relationships
One of the most intimidating aspects of networking can be figuring out how to do it. However, that doesn’t have to be overwhelming, either. Without even realizing it, people network with everyone they encounter during the course of a day, including people in line at the store, at a child’s school, a former colleague, or a neighbor.
LinkedIn is a tool for traditional networking, but it can be useful for relationship networking, too. However, it must go beyond connecting with the person on this platform and sending a note of congratulations for a job anniversary. For new LinkedIn contacts, compose a personal note mentioning why you want to connect with them, reiterate something they said when you first met or offer to help them with a challenge they might be experiencing.
There are a few things to keep in mind, and many of them are applicable to other areas of life, as well. First, don’t wait for a crisis. Especially with this kind of networking, which is more authentic and less forced, it’s best to build relationships over time. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions. In addition to providing a chance to learn about the other person, questions yield opportunities to help each other.
Networking can help with various aspects of life and work, including internal responsibilities, personal development, and exploring new directions. When networking is based on relationships, the assistance can be deeper and more meaningful. When two people engage in traditional networking, they get to know a little about each other. When two people build and cultivate a networking relationship, they get to know each other better. As a result, when one needs help, the other is able to call on prior knowledge to provide meaningful support.
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