Networking may not come easy, but it’s a skill worth developing.
“Networking” is a word that can inspire a mix of emotions. For some, it can evoke feelings of opportunity and excitement. For others, it can be a source of dread and anxiety. In truth, a networking event is simply meeting and getting to know new people, and if overlaps for collaboration occur, to develop those relationships in the hope that they are mutually beneficial.
Networking is one the most important skills you can learn, and although being social with strangers is not without its growing pains, your personal and professional life will be fundamentally richer by developing these key skills.
For your inspiration, Regenerative Medicine Solutions is here to provide you with 5 Tips to Become a Better Networker.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it is often the hardest thing to do. By committing, you aren’t just going to the event, you’re choosing to participate and engage. In terms of committing, give yourself a small goal, it could be: “I’m going to talk with ten people and I’m going to make a meaningful connection with three.” The key here is to hold yourself accountable to your words and follow through.
4. Work to Develop Relationships
Many people at networking events assume that being able to talk themselves up with as many people as possible is the goal, but in fact, it’s more important to listen, focusing on quality of conversation rather than quantity. You don’t want to be the person who works the room and is constantly handing out their business cards and walking away. Take the time to sit down and talk to someone. Get to know them on a level deeper than work; learn their story, and when asked, share yours. Even a single quality contact can be a success.
3. Try to Be a Resource Rather than a Request
When developing a relationship, both sides should see a mutual benefit. Regardless of position or status, we each have human capital through the skills and experiences we’ve had, so when speaking with a potential contact, understand what you have to offer them and vice versa. Refrain from making requests until you can prove to be beneficial to them or their business in some way, shape or form. If you’re speaking with someone who is experiencing trouble in their professional life, try to offer up a solution on your next contact with them.
2. Keep in Touch
This part is key: don’t let communication slip. Although we all have our own lives and issues to deal with, keeping in touch is often easier than we give credit. Whether as a text message, phone call or email, we live in a day and age where communication is much easier than it was 20 years ago. When speaking with someone, take note of the interesting details they share, and reference them in the future. A general rule for follow-up is to make contact within 48 hours of an initial meeting. However, remember that social media is meant to facilitate face-to-face meetings, not circumvent them.
1. Don’t Limit Networking to Business Opportunities
One of the most important lessons of networking is that these skills are applicable outside of our professional lives. From making new friends to maintaining old relationships, networking skills can provide the foundation of basic social interaction. Here are a few things to remember:
- When going to lunch, never eat alone, always ask a friend or coworker to join you.
- Warmth matters more than competence; listening and asking to hear more is all it takes.
- Keep in touch every two weeks to keep friendships alive.
- If you can do something for someone that will take less than five minutes, just do it.
- Don’t be afraid to ask people for favors, it can actually strengthen the bond between you.
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