by Chi Chi Okezie
A significant portion of networking is wrapped around communication. Being able to keep lines of communication open, consistent and relevant are important factors in successfully building relations. Various forms of communication set expectations and set boundaries. As well as, guide the networking processes. How can savvy networkers leverage their skills to connect properly? What obstacles should they be concerned with or recognize? How can improving these methods impact their relations?
Listed below are tips for properly reaching out and being intentional in your networking objectives.
A Call To Action
The next time you attend an in-person or virtual event, be sure to follow up. In your follow up, insert a call to action. This strategy not only keeps the lines of communications open but also asserts a form of accountability. Accountability is an excellent element for promoting trust and credibility. As well as, a call to action enables a deeper form of engagement. Being reasonable, specific and timely can guarantee that requests are completed. Definitely get in the habit of doing this simple step to foster a tighter bond.
A Call For Help
It is a great idea to reach out to your networks for support. Asking for advice, looking for assistance, encourages additional exchange and communication. This can be seen as a positive means for solving problems, fixing common mistakes, etc. It is also an opportunity to sharpen your skills while learning from others. It can give you perspectives into your contacts abilities and competencies in the professional and personal realms. Solving the issue or problem can be a chance to refer your counterpart or simply giving a thanks or recognition.
A Call To Unity
Networking is such a multi-faceted and underutilized tool. Savvy networkers can leverage their positions, platforms, influence, etc. to make progressive change. Similarly to corporate responsibility, there can be a call for more awareness and rallying around various causes. Bringing individuals and networks together for a common cause or mobilizing a mission are empowering. It offers a space for a sense of purpose and advocacy which lead to advancement.
Utilize these helpful tips to expand on your networking endeavors. Tap into your networks to build connections, trust and credibility. Form alliances to offer additional support, advocacy and assistance and vice versa. Being intentional and purposeful in your interactions lead to big successes.
About the author
Chi Chi Okezie is owner / producer of SIMPLEnetworking, LLC in Metro-Atlanta, GA, USA. Visit the SN Official Website: http://www.snseminars.com to read excerpts of her books, sign up for her newsletter and follow her blog and social media. Also, take online networking courses: https://simplenetworking.thinkific.com to gain tips and techniques to network more efficiently.