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Aug292011

Networking isn't all about you.

Did the title of this post get your attention? We hope so! Most people see networking strictly as an opportunity to make connections for themselves and their own careers. Should this be the primary goal? Absolutely. But, we've found that folks don't enjoy networking events, meetings and opportunities very much when they feel like a one-man sales team. It can be exhausting and, when you don't meet "good connections," it can feel like an event was a waste of time.

Do you want to enjoy networking more? Remember: networking isn't all about you!

Here's our advice:

Next time you head out to a networking function we want you to think of three friends, colleagues or family members that have recently expressed a distinct professional need -- "I need a good web designer," "I'd love to find a job that wouldn't require me to work weekends," "I like being a manager, but I'd really love to get back into the hands-on project work." Think intently about the wants/needs expressed by the people you have in mind and also think about how you might describe these people and their skills to folks you meet at the networking event.

The event that you go to might be a total networking bust for you, but you might make a great connection for one of your friends. You know what happens if you help a friend find a new job that fits more with their career goals? They are going to think about helping you in the same way. Heck, they might be networking for you already.

An added bonus: we've all been to networking events where everyone is selling each other. Everyone is tossing around elevator pitches for their company or services. This type of event can be tough. But, what if you're the one guy or gal in the room not talking about yourself? We think that makes a big impression.

 

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