6 Tips to Help You Become a Networking Guru

6 Tips to Help You Become a Networking Guru
From Recruiter - November 30, 2016

Networking is a skill that makes a huge impact on your careerif you use itcorrectly. Conversely, bad networking practices can seriously hurt your reputation.

When executed properly, networking can be a great way for the unemployed to get back to work and for corporate middle managers to climb the ranks within their organizations (or at new ones).

To help you make the most of your networking efforts, here are six critical tips:

1. Be the Regular

Think ofthe regular at a coffee shop, the one who orders the usual and knows all the staff members by name. Now channel this energy into a networking group. Consistent attendance will help you remember the stories, hobbies, and goals of othersthe important stuff. The subtext of our lives is what draws people in and allows us to get to know peopleand those people may very well know somebody hiring!

2. Pay It Forward

Networking is a two-way street, and your willingness to help others is essential. Conversations should be meaningful and purposeful, with the intent to lend a hand. Explain your experiences to those who matter most, but be prepared to listen in return. If you give just as much as you receive, your network of contacts will sing your praises to the right people.

3. Have a Story

Instead of a 30-second elevator speech, develop a transfixing, applicable story to perk the listeners ears and make themsay, You can do that!? This is called differentiation based on experience.

Put yourself in your listeners shoes and recall a time when you were engrossed in a story. Think back to your personal experiences or the opportunities youve had. Keep in mind the importance of subtext; this differentiating story does not need to be strictly related to your work life. Get with someone who can repeat your story to the right people.


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