Network like your success depends on it…because it does!
On April 25, 2017, Executive Coach Jill Windeslspecht led our eCoaching event, discussing the power of networking and why it is so crucial. Here are some key takeaways from the discussion with Jill Windeslspecht.
Networking is one of the most important skills in any working professional’s toolkit. Stepping out of your comfort zone and interacting with complete strangers isn’t always an easy task, and for some it could be terrifying. Once you get past the fear of the unknown, the benefits and opportunities that networking creates are priceless.
The law of inertia states that an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. How does this law relate to networking?
Get in motion!
The first step in networking is simply getting out the house and getting into the rooms that can change your life. Begin making those connections away from your everyday routine. Change is good.
Change your mindset
The power of the mind is crucial. It is true you become what you believe, and it’s important to make sure you are putting the right image out there for the public. Understand who you are, what skills you possess, and how knowing you can be an asset to other people or to their company.
Networking events are full of potential relationships with people with similar skills and interests. Learn how to work a room.
What makes you different?
Make sure that during every networking opportunity the person you’re interacting with knows who you are and what you do. Make sure they are aware of your skills, and how you differentiate from all the other people in your field. Be prepared with an elevator pitch at all times!
Elevator pitches are crucial because you only have a short time to put your best self out there, often times to a complete stranger. Understanding that should encourage you to think of your best qualities and the skills you possess so that you can briefly introduce them in a friendly yet relaxed manner. Practicing your pitch helps.
Following up is important because it is where you leave your final impression. So make it count! Write a brief friendly note. Take the time to learn something new about the person you’re writing to since your last encounter. Personalize the message when following up and leave a lasting impression.
You can do it!
Networking starts as a challenge for most of us. But it’s the way forward in your career and it can even be fun once you get the hang of it. Unleash the power of networking in your business life the next chance you get!