It's very rare you'll walk into a room full of women who are there just to hand out business cards. In my experience, the majority of women network to build relationships they can use both personally and professionally. They get that business networking isn't about business, it's about life.
Doing your job and working hard are not the best ways to get ahead. In terms of human resources theory, doing your job and working hard are why you receive your paycheck. If you want to be promoted, you must think strategically.
As I mentioned in my last article, The "New" Rule of Networking, there are absolutely rules when it comes to networking. They're just not written, enforced by a governing body, or mentioned at the beginning of a networking event before you "touch gloves" and come out networking.
Using data collection, analysis, and action plans to impact organizational health is absolutely valid. But please, let's find a way to measure what really matters: depth and breadth of strategic relationships, internal and external to the organization.
Gone are the days where the only way of finding a new job was through an advert, or even a recruiter. With the increase in social media, companies have endless means of sourcing talent. However, one rule of thumb still applies today "it's not what you know, but who you know."
By networking up, you're attempting to meet the top players in your industry. This not only drives your income but also fuels your all-around sense of happiness. Just think about the positivity that's generated by bouncing ideas around with a bunch of the top go-getters in your field.
It takes only seconds for others to form an opinion of us when we meet them for the first time. What they initially see becomes their own personal version of the truth, and it can be hard to change a first impression.
Entrepreneurs who have the courage to authentically share their unique story and the generosity to share their best insights have an amazing opportunity to quickly build a world-class, antifragile reputation.
In no particular order, here are 10 stupid questions -- yes, Virginia there are stupid questions -- and networking faux pas. These are applicable universally but overheard/developed at the 39th Annual National Black Journalists Association Convention and Career Fair #NABJ14
In order to build effective networks, we need both formal and informal networks in place. My most meaningful connections, against all logic, have developed outside of professional networking opportunities.
As social creatures, we connect, explore and shop based on the recommendations of people we trust. But when we broadcast suggestions or requests on social media, there's no guarantee that valued sources or experts will see them and respond.