Leadership Tip: Network Now!

Do you think networking is just for people who are in career transition?

Are you not networking because you think you don’t have time or you’re too busy “getting your work done”?

Many people who are fortunate enough to have a “job” put off networking because of these myths.  And for many, networking is scary – it takes them way outside of their comfort zone.  There’s also some “work” involved.  It takes some energy and forethought to get out there and have a meaningful conversation with other people.  Some other reasons people don’t network is because they don’t want to “bother” people or they fear rejection.

Here are some of the great benefits of networking NOW!

Networking before you “need” to is like putting money in a savings account so it’s there when you need it. It’s also less stressful and more joyful when you do it for the sake of getting to know others, rather than when you “have” to do it to get a job, make a sale, ask a favor, etc.  If you’re concerned about spending too much time, integrate networking into what you’re already doing.

Networking is a valuable tool for leading, building teams, and bringing people along.  It helps you get in relationship with people.  When we know, like and trust people, we’re more likely to do things for them, help with their project, return phone calls, refer them to others, etc.  This helps you manage relationships up, down and across.

Networking helps you learn, grow and see new possibilities in all areas of your life.  There’s a big world out there.  You don’t know what you don’t know.  When you get out there and start talking to people, a whole world of possibilities opens up to you.

Approaching networking from the standpoint of being curious about others makes them feel listened to and important.   If you’re fearful about networking, this can help take the pressure off you.  Just be curious.  Also, look at networking from the standpoint of simply exchanging information, rather than bothering, requesting, or being rejected. Rejection is an issue only if you’re focusing on someone responding in a particular way. 

Take time NOW to get to know the people with whom you work and play. You will be rewarded tenfold!

 

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