March 24, 2022 3 min read
The thing about networking is; if you feel uncomfortable doing it, you’re doing it wrong.
Networking is about mingling with the intention to share information, offer gifts of time, a listening ear, some advice, or provide a connection to someone else that may be able to assist.
"Networking should be better known as the secret elixir to success"
Just like “it takes a village to raise a child”, it takes a network (or, if you’re uncomfortable with that term, a “community”) of stakeholders, contacts and sponsors to excel in business and to propel your career. Sadly, the result of the pandemic and our rapid shift to remote and hybrid working has, in many cases, instead resulted in disconnection.
“Hybrid Working” often results in people only interacting with their direct team or those with whom they are directly collaborating. There are far fewer opportunities to cultivate an existing network, let alone foster cross-team, wider business (or even industry relationships). Specific and dedicated time must now be set aside for these types of activities, which would otherwise have (often) occurred more spontaneously.
Socialising is now intentional, so there is less of it.
We must adapt.
It takes a community of contacts, stakeholders and advisors to raise your career. It is imperative to foster relationships both within and outside of your industry that will stand the test of time.
Seek out people you can tap into for advice as you go through career changes and challenges. People that will guide you (and you them), people you'll speak of when opportunities arise and they’re not in the room to grab them.
Critically, networking builds influence and trust. It facilitates your ability to source strategic partnerships. Done correctly, it opens doors to opportunities and ideas that you might otherwise have never thought possible or come across.
We have brainstormed some ideas on fostering new networks and business connections in the virtual world:
For more tips on better networking head here.
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