In college the best advice any professor probably gave was to “network, network, network” by encouraging you to go to different business fairs and events.
Even your close friends and family probably gave you the same advice! At the end of the day, it is true that if you want to achieve professional success, you need to go out there and meet new people.
"Opportunities don't just happen, you create them" so it is within you to make them happen!
You will never know who can help you create an opportunity and achieve what you have always wanted… The problem is when you lack focus, and there, is when frustration kicks in.
Attending cocktail parties, handing business cards to everyone without caring to create meaningful connections and bouncing around random small talks, would end up leading you nowhere.
Stop for a moment…. Reflect… and think, am I really following up with the contacts I meet? Are all my business cards filed in a drawer and never ever will they see the light again?
Christopher Barrat shares some insights to achieve successful networking through 4 simple steps. He demonstrates how networking is a skill that could be learned and get great at it. He teaches you techniques on how to identify groups to network with and find connection points in networking events. Networking involves a lot about how you make people feel, so don’t forget this simple tip: Be Interested before being interesting!
Networking is an art. Getting your foot on the door and trying to start a conversation doesn’t come natural to everyone, especially when there is a constant thought pounding in your mind. Am I going to be rejected? What most of the people don’t realize is that in a business environment the other person you are trying to connect with is also looking for a beneficial outcome, so there is no reason to be afraid. Here are some tips that would help you build your network and smooth the struggle: