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.
I think one of the hardest things about networking events is just getting a conversation going with someone – without being awkward about it. Related: 10 Tips For People Who Hate Networking Approaching someone new can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. So, what are some natural and easy ways to break the ice? Here are some tips and tricks:
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. Related: How To Be More Likeable At Work: 10 Things To Do Today 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.