Is networking your idea or heaven or hell?
Before I began Be You Consultancy & Coaching I had the firm belief that I didn’t need to network and didn’t have time to sit and ‘have coffee’ with people - I had work to do and that was the most important action of my day….
On reflection how wrong I was!
So if you are already in this mindset that is amazing and I challenge you to get more people to realise the power of their ‘NET’.
Why the change in mindset?
The change of my mindset began during COVID when, like many, I realised that whilst I knew my team and colleagues I didn’t know my community or my surroundings. I felt alone. I wanted to get to know more about the area I was living in and had lived in for years but also who my neighbours were and what they did for their careers / lives - what made them tick.
When I started in business I had some very wise words given to me which was to:
Network, Network, Network. After all you are your brand and if no-one knows you how can they know your brand?
This, as you can imagine resonated with me and I networked with vengeance!
The Art of Networking
Remembering that “art is in the eye of the beholder” according to E.A Bucchineri
Where can we start with networking?
I once read “Networking for People who hate Networking” by Devora Zack which should give a good overview as to where I was in my mindset! The aim should be to talk to new people and ask them questions about their business and their role so that you build rapport with them and a relationship flourishes however, the majority of people who network have the habit of talking to their friends, people they’ve known for years and having a good gossip - whilst I could ask here whether that action is good for their business or brand it is more important to ask, what is their aim of attending the networking? Was it to catch up with a contact and talk shop or was it go out and market their business?
People attend these sessions for so many different reasons, it could even be that they just wanted to get out of the house for a bit or thought the subject that was being discussed sounded interesting - but what is important is that we don’t assume people are all going for the same reason!
So why do you network? Do you know what your end goal is?
Here are some of my tips for networking
Then start again!!!
Meeting new people can be hard for some of us (me included!) as an introvert I find it tiring, it doesn’t give me the energy as if I was an extrovert however, the more I do it the more enjoyable it is. I find arriving early and finding a ‘job’ really helps takes my nerves away and if I can’t do that I ‘act as if’. That means that I just pretend I’m super confident and eventually that will come true!
If you want to work on your strategies for networking, growing your confidence or another area then please contact me.
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