The term networking often comes across very daunting and in some cases an intimidating process to meet people. The reason why people may feel like its something they wouldn’t want to practise on a day to day basis, is due to the awkward nature of conversations and how time consuming it
may be. However, it is essential to your growth, to your career and well being, to network and branch outside your own circle of people and comfort.
Networking allows you to gain knowledge from people that may be in higher positions from you. This gives you a chance to learn more about an industry or topic that you have an interest in first hand. Through networking you may be able to acquire a mentor, which is imperative for growth. They are able to give you guidance and see where you need to improve when you often cannot.
“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves”.
Through networking you also are able to increase the amount of opportunities that could help advance your career and life. By building long lasting relationships your contacts could introduce you to opportunities that are beneficial for you based on the relationship you have created. Relationships can help fast track you in order to facilitate your dreams.
To start your networking journey you can attend events, that help facilitate face to face interactions with other people.
- Prepare in advance questions and topics you would like to know more about
- Be confident in your approach and provide a short pitch about yourself
Most importantly remember that networking is not only for you to gain for yourself but also a way that you can help others in a positve and constructive way and contribute your own talents elsewhere.