You may have heard the familiar saying: "Your network is your networth". There is truth to that and evidence suggests that is one of the factors that enables individuals to become successful. Knowing more people expands not only your immediate circle with the people who directly know you but boasts your extended circles of people who know the people directly in touch with you.
With the rise of social media, there is more emphasis on social connecting, community involvement and the emergence of more open events. As such, there is no shortage of ways to meet someone new, whether it is for work or leisure. In addition, in this technological age, communication becomes a breeze both on a business and personal level. So there is no excuse in having difficulty meeting new people to network with.
Benefits of networking
We all have different reasons for networking. For example, we might just want to meet new people who share similar interests on a personal level, find potential life partners or even look for specific demographics of prospects for your business.
Whatever your purpose is for networking, there are countless benefits that include:
- Finding new opportunities
- Making new friends
- Finding the right venture partners
- Recruiting new employees
- Find your future spouse
- Gaining new insights and knowledge from conversations
- Spark inspiration and new ideas from speaking to different people
- Getting valuable referrals
Prepare yourself to network effectively
What are some useful things you should know to make networking fun and smooth? Here are 4 tips:
#1 - Enjoy getting out of your comfort zone
Get out of your comfort zone and go out to meet new people. Individuals let fear stop them from getting out of their shell. There will always bound to be worries about what kind of people you might meet and how people might think of you, leading to procrastination. Instead of avoiding this fear, embrace it as part of the learning process.
#2 - Be yourself
Don't try to become someone you are not. Everyone is unique in their own ways so project that uniqueness so people take notice and will remember you better next time. By being yourself, you also open up and become more genuine, making a conversation with you more welcoming.
#3 - Exude confidence
Confidence is an attractive quality present in all highly successful people. It tells people you know what you are doing and who you are as a person. In the context of networking, conversations are easier to start and maintain as people pay attention more to what you say as compared to someone who doesn't exude that same level of confidence.
#4 - Communicate clearly and simply
Communication is important especially when you are meeting someone for the first time. It will determine that first impression you give the person through what you say and how you say it. Use words and sentences that are easy to understand and direct so that the other party gets it immediately without running the risk of becoming unclear about what you just said or worst still, having to ask you to repeat yourself.
Go out and try out these tips. You may just be surprise at what new people and opportunities you can discover!