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Have you ever wondered about how you communicate with others?

How you interact with others plays a major role in both your career and life in general.

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After a long day at work, sometimes all you want to do is sit on the couch, eat a bag of chips, and zone out watching television. The thought of attending a networking event seems so daunting. Not only do you have to give up free time, but you also may have to talk with strangers.

With this type of mindset, it's easy to see why so many people are apprehensive about the concept of networking. However, when you avoid networking, you miss out on so many great opportunities.

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We’ve all been there, right? You connect with someone on LinkedIn, start a great conversation, and then when you reach out again, silence. You never hear from that person again. Ouch - looks like you got ghosted by a LinkedIn connection. (Psst! Can’t get hired? Watch this free tutorial.) Ghosting is when someone abruptly stops communicating with someone else, and it happens all of the time when it comes to online networking. But why did this happen to you? What went wrong? When you’ve been ghosted by a LinkedIn connection, a few things could have happened. Here are some reasons why they haven’t gotten back to you.

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You're a BUSY person! Time is a precious commodity these days, and it's not something you can afford to waste. But with your job, job search, family, friends, hobbies, and other demands, how can you make time for basic career development activities like networking? What's the secret to networking when you don't have any time? The answer: make it a habit. "It's easy to say, 'I don't have time for networking,'" said career expert J.T. O'Donnell. "But the truth is, networking needs to be a habit, just like we brush our teeth, we shower, we exercise." According to O'Donnell, there are lots of things we do for self-care (like showering, exercising, and brushing our teeth) in order to stay healthy. But there are also "self-career-care" activities you need to do in order to have a healthy career - networking is one of them. The truth is, you do have time for networking. It might not be much time, but you have time. What's going on, though, is that you're telling yourself you don't have ENOUGH time to devote to doing it. For example, let's say you wanted to spend two hours working out at the gym, but didn't have two hours to spare. So, you decide not to go to the gym at all because you can't workout for the full two hours. Isn't that silly? The same thing applies to networking. Just because you can't dedicate as much time as you THINK you need to spend networking, doesn't mean you shouldn't network at all. "For all of you out there who are time-crunched, stop thinking about networking in terms of this big block of time," said O'Donnell. "Start thinking about what you can do in micro-blocks of time." So, can't make it to a networking event each week? Go once per month. Can't spare two hours at a networking event? Spend 20 minutes connecting with people online. The key to networking when you don't have any time is to realize that you DO in fact have time - you do, it might not be obvious at first, but it's there. For example, you can connect with people on LinkedIn during your bus ride into work, or network with people at your next family BBQ. Make it a habit, and it will be easier to find time for networking.

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