Life is not just about how much you know but who you know. Sometimes we find that the best and brightest people might be tucked away in a corner, with so much to offer yet left undiscovered by the world.
Networking should not be part of your task list, but rather a lifestyle.
Whether we like it or not, opportunities are seldom (if at all), served to us on a silver platter. So here are a few thoughts you might like to ponder over.
So Why NETWORK?
To Say “Hey I’m HERE!”
The term wallflower was coined for a reason. Wallflowers are at the side and barely noticed. Some of us are more introverted than others, but don’t let that stop you. We all have our own strengths and weaknesses, and all the more if you take that step out of your comfort zone, people will respect you for the amount of sincerity, courage and effort it cost you.
To Find the Centre of Activity
According to science, the particles nearest the flame have the highest probability of collision and hence a state change. There’s always that one person who has all the know-whos and know-hows. You need to either be that person, or at least find that person.
Making connections is never an end in itself, you need to know how to leverage on connections to get you connected with the people you really need to know. This might take a little more intentional planning, but you never know if right behind that door lies your next job or business opportunity.
To Chalk up Future Credits
You never know who or what you will need in the future. Maybe the person you meet today, might be the next CEO of a mega corporation 10 years down the road and you never expected it. This is why you should make it a point to honour and treasure every person you meet, because you never know when you might be the one in need of a favour.
6 Quick Tips in Networking
- Be Proactive – Start by choosing the right events to attend. Target the people you would like to be connected with and make the first move.
- Be Ready – Always be prepared with something interesting to say. Small talk might seem “useless”, but it definitely helps in breaking the ice.
- Be Quick – Give a quick introduction of yourself in 30 seconds or less : – Your Name, Your Job, Your Passion and Your Goals.
- Be Genuine – Make eye contact and make the connection. This shows both confidence and sincerity.
- Be Honest – When asked what you do, put your best foot forward, share about your strengths and specialisations but be careful not to oversell.
- Be Yourself – There’s no one size fits all when it comes to carrying a persona. Keep practicing and communicating in the way you are most comfortable with.