When we think about the new year’s goals, we are primarily concerned about those short- and long-term goals related to our professional development or personal adventures we want to embark on in the next 12 months. However, how about prepping ourselves to receive 2023 with alive and dynamic networking? After all, our surroundings serve as a projection of who we are and where we are going.
1.- Define your priorities.
What will your year look like? What kind of people do you need to meet to get closer to achieving those goals? Start by efficiently using your social platforms to study areas of interest and professionals you find interesting to follow. I always find inspiring those who look for new people to connect with and learn. Then, consider yourself a continuous learner of other people’s lessons, bios, and shared content.
2. Make the first move.
We think of networking as a magical experience where we wait until that employer, mentor, or contact reaches out, saying how great we are. Some of us even think they would offer a job immediately. The response to this one of thought: it’s an almost null probability for this scenario to happen. So we need to make the first move. If you identified someone you want to connect with, send that DM message, shoot an email, offer a time to grab a coffee or join through Zoom.
Living in a fast-paced globalized world pushes us to act in a time of need. Time is valuable to your professional career. Don’t waste time thinking about if reaching or not. Just do it!
3. Leave your mark.
So, you got a moment to talk with the person you wanted to connect with! Come prepared. I know it sounds quirky, of course, it is not a job interview, but coming up with questions and ideas shows your genuine interest in meeting this potential contact.
Go to the point. If you want to request some advice, ask for it. You may not have a coffee with this person in a long time, so take advantage of the time and space being there and look for answers.
Just as with any process, networking is a constant practice of following up with people. I recommend sending a text or email to that person thanking them for the time and input during your meeting and saying that you look forward to reconnecting any time in the future. Continuing the conversation is always nice, and now, as a contact in your network, you can share more about your interests, projects, and collaborations.
Networking is one of the most powerful tools to connect and reach your goals while sharing learning and creating relationships with other passionate people. It is time to grow and expand your surroundings!
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