Networking has the negative connotation of being a means to an end of getting someone to do something for you.
When it is used like that it loses all of its value. Networking is not meant to be transactional, it is meant to be relational.
When you are meeting new people your authentic y matters. A “what’s in it for me” mentality sticks out like a sore thumb and will get you nowhere. Why? Nobody cares what’s in it for you. The only motive that will not backfire is to go in with
the goal of building relationships that are meaningful, sustainable, and mutually beneficial. The impact that networking
can have on your personal and professional life is tremendous… it won't come to fruition overnight. Like all relationships, these too will take time.
Three of the most effective ways to foster a strong, healthy, and influential network is to:
- Align yourself with people who you respect and admire
- Use your talents to help others achieve their goals
- Use your connections to help make meaningful introductions within your network
The most important thing to do when you are building your community is to be yourself. Having the confidence to be genuine is your biggest asset.