Four skills to master during and after a networking event
Today’s topic focuses on the importance of networking both on a business and personal level. According to Lewis Howes in his article on the 7 key habits of Super Networkers, “the ability to network successfully can be one of the greatest assets in business.” Networking not only helps you connect with people within your company and within your industry but it also makes other people aware of you and your skills and capabilities, which can help boost you up the career ladder. Furthermore, it is a great way of meeting new people, gathering knowledge and insights and developing and improving your interpersonal communication skills.
However, networking requires more than just attending an eventor handing out business cards. According to an article by Glenn Llopis on forbes.com, networking requires planning and when used with a strategic and measurable approach, can serve as a powerful professional development learning experience. He stresses that the more you procrastinate, the more you will find yourself disconnected from the opportunities that may potentially advance your career or allow you to meet the right people.
Many people make the assumption that that you need to be outgoing to be successful at networking but that is not the case. What matters more is developing the right technique and then committing to doing it well.