Networking is still the best way to wiggle your way into a life-changing opportunity. Are you networking as much as you should? And, more importantly, are you doing it right? Related: The Jimmy Fallon Effect: 10 Qualities Of Great Networkers In order to be an effective networker, you need to build valuable relationships – not only with people in YOUR industry, but also with people in a variety of different industries. Why is super-connecting important? Because, by setting your connections up with other connections, you will build your reputation as a helpful contact who’s focused on giving, not just taking. Your network will remember how helpful you were and repay you with introductions back. It’s almost like a networking “investment.” Want to be a great super-connector? Here are a few tips.
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It can be hard to meet new people. You might not think you have the time, patience, or social confidence to go out and build your network on a whim. Who does? Don't let negative self-talk bring you down and stop making excuses for not going out and meeting new friends and/or professional contacts. You can do it (and have fun doing it, too)!
When you were in high school, you dreamed of being popular. You wanted to know everyone, get invited to all of the parties, and be liked by everybody. Now that you're grown up, you still crave popularity – except, instead of being the cool kid in your high school, you want to be the cool kid in your industry. Becoming popular in the professional world takes much more than making hundreds of LinkedIn connections. Sure, having lots of connections on LinkedIn is great, but if you're just mindlessly connecting with people and not working to build relationships with them, your network will be useless to you. Not only are they not going to remember you when an opportunity comes up, but they probably won't even know you're looking for an opportunity in the first place. So, what's the secret to becoming popular? The answer: Super-connecting.
You don’t have to be outgoing to be a great networker. In fact, there are plenty of great networkers out there who could be classified as ‘shy.’ So, what other qualities can you leverage to help you build a strong network? To find your answer, look no further than the one and only Jimmy Fallon.
Are you sick and tired of depending on other people for your career success? GOOD! The only person in charge of your success is you. If you’re feeling trapped by a job you hate, a bad boss, insulting pay, or all of the above, it’s time you take ownership of your career. Okay, great - but where do you start? Here are three things you can do to start taking control of your career today: