If you are one of those people who think that networking is not important, then let me tell you ‘How Networking can change your life completely.’
Till date, there are 2 ways through which you can be successful.
Either you can be the best by working hard or you can increase your contacts through networking.
In easy words, networking is making an acquaintance with people who can help you in the future.
You can get better opportunities through networking.
But how do you network?
1. The Trust Factor
Connection builds trust. Whether it’s business or a job. Trust matters everywhere.
Let’s take an example of two people.
Rohan and Neha.
Both are equally qualified and skilled and both are applying for the same position at the same time.
But Rohan had met the founder of the start-up at a start-up summit where they got acquainted to each other.
So, what do you think? Who will the founder hire?
Well, certainly Rohan has the upper hand and he has higher chances of getting the job.
2. Social Media Networking
Now, the question is Where to find the people for networking? Well, the answer is in your pocket.
I’ll tell you two social networking sites through which your networking game will become very strong. At the top of this list there’s
Where people go on other social media sites for timepass, LinkedIn is a platform where people go to find professional opportunities, to grow business and to make powerful connections.
A study found out that 122 million people received an interview through LinkedIn and 35.5 million people were hired by a person they connected with on the site.
LinkedIn works for you like an online Resume.
Here you’ll get a lot of professions from your industry that can be useful for you.
And then, you can send a message to the people you want to work with with an impactful custom message.
For example, if you’re doing freelance graphic designing or content writing then here, you’ll get clients very easily.
If you’re a college student who wants field experience or field exposure then you can approach the important personnel of the companies or you can interact with students from different colleges.
“59% of the internet users between the age of 18 to 29 are on Instagram” You know how to use Instagram, But as a networking professional, what should you do so that people are attracted to you?
By using DM i.e. the Direct Message feature on Instagram you can reach people who might be difficult to reach in real life.
But, why will they read your messages?
Before reaching out to people you need to optimise your account.
- You have to make sure that your profile is public
- Your bio gives useful information about you
- Your posts give a small glimpse of your real life
- It highlights your profession and interests.
If you ever want to connect with your favorite influencers or brands then you can put sensible comments under their posts or you can share their post on your story by tagging them along with a positive message.
These small things go a long way.
In fact, there are a lot of influencers and brands who interact with their followers in the comment section.
#3. Networking Skills (That You Must Know)
Now, you know where to network.
Now, let me give you four tips that will boost your networking.
For effective and strong networking, your communication skills should be strong, too.
If you are not able to express your needs in the right way then due to miscommunication you can miss out on a very important opportunity.
Suppose if you are going to attend a party tonight where a lot of important people will be present with whom you can network.
Now, the same people will interact with a lot more people.
But, why will they remember you?
They’ll only remember you when you create a good impression on them.
And this good impression comes through communicating well.
Your attitude towards people should be positive.
A negative person is more likely to drive people away.
Don’t be shy to reach out to people and communicate with them.
You must’ve often observed that your favorite YouTubers collaborate and both of their followers increase.
This doesn’t happen just in the media industry.
In fact, many people also merge their businesses for mutual benefits where both of their businesses grow together.
Collaboration is a very good way of networking.
In which not just you, but the other person also gets benefited.
And that is why, your chances of networking increase.
3. Be Approachable
“People will forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel”
You may be very talented and skilled.
But if you have a negative attitude and if you don’t treat people right then no one will want to work with you and you will miss out on a very important opportunity.
4. follow up
It is said that the fortune lies in the follow up.
Any relationship, especially professional relationship, has to be nurtured.
Assume you’ve made the connections.
But to keep those connections going for a long term you have to stay in touch.
For example, you tell someone your business opportunity and they say that they will revert to you after a month, then it is your responsibility that after a month, you follow up to them.
After some follow ups, they will surely give you a business opportunity.
Because through your follow ups, your seriousness and eagerness is seen.
Okay guys, these were the 4 tips that will help you master networking. If you have any querry regarding to networking comment me down, I will try my best to help you with that.
Always remember, your network=your networth.