By seizing any opportunity you can to work with people in your company in areas that you are interested in; you are essentially laying the groundwork for you to gain more access to this area of your company in the future.
Allowing for both personal and professional growth is right outside of your bubble. Make connections, immerse yourself in the culture, and find success. Once you step outside of your comfort zone, you'll grow more than you ever thought possible.
People can sense the disingenuous person miles away. We have that "gut" feeling which, while we cannot explain it, can sway us one way or another. It does not matter what business you are in, the number one way to be an effective communicator and build lasting relationships is to be genuine.
The art of the thank you note has evolved over the years. It used to be when you received a gift, or someone helped you in some way, you would send a note to express your appreciation for their efforts.
As with regular networking, follow-up is an important part of online networking. In fact, you may have to follow up more diligently when you are trying to establish connections with people solely online; it's easy to forget to respond to an email or request.
I'm certain that all parents, particularly of teenagers, will be familiar with the scenario I'm about to describe. It's the moment one of my daughters appears looking guileless and hesitantly ventures: "Um Dad? Can I ask you a question?"
As most millennials can attest, the job market is rough. Attempting to navigate it is, at best, an enervating challenge. And that's for Americans who speak the language and understand the job searching tools at their disposal.
Imagine you are dining in a restaurant with a friend, and your friend suddenly begins to choke on a piece of food, grabbing for her neck. What do you do? Did you say the Heimlich Maneuver? Hopefully so. The Heimlich's simplicity makes it easy to recall during extremely stressful situations.
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.
Professional networking, both online and in person, is a necessary ongoing strategy for startup entrepreneurs. While every business is unique and has different needs, building the business through networking is always a beneficial plan.
Nobody wants to be used. So your networks must benefit everyone involved. Service to others and sharing resources are the glue that holds networks together. My rule of thumb is to reach out to people in your network periodically.
Last year I made a New Year's resolution to spend one evening a month doing the overnight shift in the men's homeless shelter in my neighborhood. It was an eye-opening experience from the start and one of the outcomes I didn't expect was that it helped make me a better communicator.