Networking – Are you running with the right herd?

Building networks is an important part of both your professional and personal life. It’s now commonly quoted that “you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. So if you’re not running with a herd that reflects your values and goals it might be time to upgrade.

 

Potential benefits of networking include:

  • Finding out about new opportunities
  • Teaming up with like-minded people to collaborate on projects/ideas
  • Finding a mentor
  • Becoming someone else’s mentor
  • Exchanging ideas
  • Getting out of your comfort zone
  • Getting some advice
  • Giving some advice
  • Sharing experiences
  • Making contacts for the future

 

Make the most of networking:

And here are some tips to make the most out of your next networking event:

  • Have an idea of what you’d like to get out of the event before you arrive
  • Do some research on the host (also a good talking point if you get stuck)
  • Dress to impress- first impressions count and are mostly made before you can so much as say “hello”
  • Take your business cards and don’t be afraid to hand them out
  • Arrive on time- it’s courteous and then you can introduce yourself to people as they arrive instead of walking into a crowd already deep in conversation
  • Avoid over-indulging

 

Happy networking!!!