I used to hate networking. I mean despise it.
I talk to a lot of you who feel the same way.
There is no "𝒈𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒂𝒕 𝒏𝒆𝒕𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒈𝒆𝒏𝒆" that some of us are born with and others weren't.
For those of us who have career ambitions (not a dirty word by the way), networking is a fundamental part of success.
But, most of us don't make the time to network, because it ranks up there with going to the dentist.
I think you know networking is critical to your career, but you may be one of the many who AVOID IT AT ALL COSTS.
You're probably thinking
Then, when you find yourself in a sudden job search or need something else, you panic.
You haven't talked to the people in your network in years. But, now you feel like you need to go to them asking for help.
This is one of the reasons to network now, before you're desperate.
But, even if you are in a job search, this approach is incredibly effective.
You can keep the relationship fresh, to
And, it can be fun meeting other humans, if you take off the pressure of doing it "right" or getting an immediate result.
Here's the formula I figured out, to turn my avoidance into truly enjoying networking.
Here's the formula:
This is such a fun and rewarding approach to networking. And, because it feels good without all the pressure, you're much more likely to do it.
You don't want anything in return.
You're being helpful, you're keeping the relationship fresh, and you're feeling great that you've helped someone else.
You'll be surprised how often the goodwill comes back....sometimes directly, sometimes indirectly, sometimes immediately, sometimes in months or years.
This is networking.
And it feels great!
Put this "super-networking" in your calendar once a month+, do it, and then watch the interesting results that flow back to you.
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