I know. You're getting really tired hearing about all this "networking" stuff. Network, network, network. Blah, blah, blah. Everyone seems to be the expert on this subject (including me) and yet so many people still just don't "get it." No worries, you're not alone. So many people rather go to the dentist than go to a business networking event. Why is this?
For some social blabbermouths like me, networking isn't quite the same awkward experience it is for others. But I believe even the shyest of people can get better at networking. The more you do it, the easier ANYTHING gets. So if you think you can improve on your networking skills, the most obvious is to go out and practice your networking. JUST DO IT! Here are some pointers on some traits of a good networker.
A Good Networker:
- Communicates what they do and what they want with clarity
- Uses every opportunity to meet new people (grows their network)
- Sees opportunity to grow their network in the least likely places
- Takes risks
- Is open minded
- Steps out of their comfort zone
- Doesn't apologize if asking for help (it might be perceived as unworthiness)
- Doesn't make assumptions. Never assume a person doesn't want or can't help you
- Is a good listener - good networking requires you engage another person
- Builds a relationship of reciprocity