Networking is about getting support in our professional lives. Many people tend to shy away from networking because they have a misconception about what networking is. The belief that networking is about schmoozing or being inauthentic makes them uncomfortable.
If you want your career to thrive, start looking at networking from a fresh perspective. Just as in our personal lives, we need the support of our friends and family, we also need professional support in our work lives.
We can expect to change jobs many times in the life of our careers. It is important to take the time to cultivate relationships with people whom we can count on for help and to people who we can lend a helping hand to.
To be more confident, reach out in a way that suits your personal style! Some people may thrive while attending a large networking event such as a conference or social event. Others may prefer meeting a colleague for coffee: both help you to build a strong network. Many people wait until they are out of work and need connections to start building a network. If you are in this situation, you may be surprised how many people are willing to help. Regardless, don’t wait any longer, exchange one business card today!
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