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Why Networking Is Important, But Wrong

Mar 20, 2023

Are you tired of hearing about the importance of networking? Does the thought of attending a networking event make you want to hide under your desk? Fear not, my friend! Networking doesn't have to be as intimidating as it sounds. In fact, it can even be fun and rewarding!

Let's start with the basics. Networking is all about building relationships with others in your industry. That's it! No need to be nervous or intimidated. These are just people, like you and me, who share a common interest. So, approach networking with an open mind and a genuine interest in learning about others.

First things first, be prepared.

Before attending a networking event or reaching out to someone on LinkedIn, do your research. Who do you want to connect with? What do you want to achieve? With a clear intention, the experience will be a lot less daunting. And remember, it's not about collecting as many business cards as possible. Successful networking is about building real, authentic connections with people.

Now, let's talk about connecting.

This is where things get interesting! Networking isn't just about talking business. It's about getting to know people on a personal level. Ask about their interests and experiences, find common ground, and create a real connection. These are people with decades of experience in their own field, and their perspectives are worth listening to! Plus, who knows? You might just make a new friend in the process.

Don't forget to follow up!

The worst thing you can do after a networking opportunity is to let it go to waste by failing to follow up. Send a personalized message or email within 24 hours of meeting someone to express your appreciation for the conversation and suggest a next step. This could be as simple as connecting on LinkedIn or even setting up a coffee date! And trust me, following up shows that you're serious about building a relationship.

So, there you have it! Networking doesn't have to be scary. In fact, it can be downright fun. Remember to approach it with an open mind and a genuine interest in learning about others. Be prepared, connect authentically, and don't forget to follow up. Who knows? That person you met at a networking event could change your life. So, get out there and make some new friends!

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