The Power of Networking
To be successful, you will need to understand the importance of networking. Making connections with people, whether they are in your field or not, can help you form more professional relationships. There’s a certain kind of power to networking that makes it all worthwhile.
First things first, before attending a networking event, do some research. It’s best if you go in with an idea of who’s going to be there and make a mental list of the people you want to speak with. Be enthusiastic about the work you do and have a practical mindset. Be prepared to ask and answer questions, and don’t be afraid to be yourself. Challenge yourself to sit at a table with people that you don’t know. This will not only force you to speak to new people, but it will also give you the opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone.
Networking can also help you to discover new things and develop your own personal board of advisors—a group of people who want to see you succeed and who can offer advice. By broadening your horizons and connecting with people from different companies and organizations, you are opening the door to new opportunities.
Overall, try not to let the fear of networking keep you from making connections. You can overcome those concerns or hesitations simply by being prepared. If you present yourself well, there’s really nothing to fear. Don’t let networking intimidate you from speaking to new people. Instead allow it to propel you forward in your career.