Growing your professional network can take time. After all, it took time for you to find friends, find a job and build a career, didn’t it? Why shouldn’t professional networking take a bit? Rubbing proverbial shoulders with the heavy-hitters is a process, isn’t it?
Yes. Yes, it is. -But it doesn’t have to be a slow process. You can grow your professional network faster than you might think. Expanding your network gives you access to people who are eager buy from you, but you’ll also stay in touch with those who can help you take your business to the next level.
It’s natural to focus on that goal. “I’m moving my business to the next level.” Doing so will have the opposite affect from what you want, however.
Rather than trying to gain something from the relationships you build, start off in the right direction. Offer as much value as you can. Doing so will quickly inspire trust, respect and credibility.
The Power of Five
Most of the people you need to grow your network are around you every day. You only need to tap into this valuable resource. Networking does not have to be a challenging process, and telling five people about your career and business goals will work wonders. One of the people with whom you speak will likely have some tips or connections that will make your life much easier.
Also, ensure that you ask your contacts about their needs and dreams. When you uncover something that might help them in their journey, pass it along.
One Good Deed
As far as growing your network is concerned, helping others is an unbeatable way to make yourself stand out from the herd. Even if you don’t have much free time, you can afford to do one nice thing for one of your contacts each day.
Whether you forward a helpful article, introduce people or write a letter of recommendation, going out of your way to help people is an investment that offers exponential returns. Doing favors for others will make them much more likely to give you a hand when the need arises, and you’ll know you’ve done the right thing.
Since the power of your professional network can make the difference between success and failure, you’ll want to do everything you can to make a positive impression. Revealing your goals and offering value to people can improve your professional network more than you once thought possible.
- Posted by Gabriella Sannino
- On July 12, 2017