Tips of Effective Networking to Develop your Career
It is everybody’s desire to move up in their career ladders. However, you cannot be able to achieve this by yourself. As the saying goes, what matters is who you know; and not what you know. If you market yourself properly outside your workplace, you will definitely propel yourself to greater career heights. Below are some of the guidelines on how you can network well to build your career.
Too much talk about yourself is a turn off to your new connections. You should listen and be willing to learn during your discussions and interactions with new people. Listening will not be enough if you don’t take part in the conversations. You can participate by asking them a few questions and request for more info about a certain topic you got more interested in. Note that, it is not always about yourself, but about others.
You also need to know how you can help the people around you. You will find it very hard if you try to connect with people while presenting an agenda to them. It is not advisable for you to go to people only thinking about how you will benefit from them, not caring about how you can also help them. Instead, you should ask them about their challenges, and offer to help them if you are in a position to do it. When you decide to help those people, you should never expect them to repay you in any way. In so doing, these people will have enough reasons to trust and depend on you because you are willing to help them. You can only know what someone wants or likes by giving them an ear while they speak. If you build the basis of your relationship on giving rather than taking, these people will help you as well in the future.
Your current position on the career ladder shouldn’t limit you on who to connect with. Since networking is all about knowing as many people as possible, you should not discriminate anyone in the process. This is because, those people will rise from where they are and you may need them in future, if not now. You will find it very easy to interact and connect with junior staff members, than it is to connect with managers and other high ranking officials. There has to be diversification on the kind of events and conferences you will be attending. As much as events related to your career are good to connect with more and more persons, you should attend others that are outside your profession. You need to interact and connect with people from different fields by attending events that are organized by communities around. If you can’t attend those events, then you cannot be able to interact with a variety of people.