Does the idea of networking like a pro offend you? Perhaps you think of that networking meet-up you attended and vowed never to return to again. You’re done wasting your time on a roomful of desperate business people with a stack of business cards eyeing you for a sale.
Maybe you have a different view of networking altogether. You know it’s beneficial and you should do it more, but the idea of being a “networking pro” seems like it’s a stretch. You’re not extroverted enough, or connected enough, or confident enough.
I’ve got good news. You can network like a pro—and like it too. The opportunity to stand out is so great because so few people adopt the right mindset toward it.
In this week’s episode of the Reinventure Me podcast, my co-host Armin Assadi and I have a lively discussion about networking. We talk about the advantages of networking to advance your career or next step, how to cultivate a network most effectively, and even the advantages that introverts have in doing so.
Check out our How to network like a pro episode show notes where you’ll find a link to the podcast and a summary of our discussion along with some helpful resource links. You’ll also find the show available on your mobile device through iTunes or Stitcher Radio.
What are some of most effective ways you’ve found to develop your network?