Given the option between going to a networking event and doing almost anything else, I will usually chose to do anything else. If you’re in the same boat and need a little push to get out there, read on for motivation!
- Networking is not coaching or mentoring. No DTR (define the relationship) talk needed!
Attending a networking event or asking someone from another area of your business out to coffee does not mean you are committing to an ongoing relationship. Creating a network of people you can reach out to or to bounce ideas off can often be maintained with occasional emails.
- You are not an expert in everything.
Building a network of people with different knowledge and abilities can provide a new perspective to your projects. Connecting with people that have similar expertise can push you to stay current on the newest trends in your industry. You can also motivate others to improve and reach the next level in their work!
- People want to promote and work with people they know.
Have you noticed some people always seem to be selected for special assignments or promotions? It’s likely because they take the time to get to know people. Being a team player doesn’t mean much if no one knows who you are or what you bring to the table.
- LinkedIn is a tool, not networking without effort.
After meeting someone, adding them to your online network can be a great way to stay in touch. However, randomly adding people that you don’t have a specific reason to connect with is not productive. When you have a meaningful online network, sharing articles relevant to your industry can keep you top of mind.
- Ready to get started?
To network within your company, try asking someone you don’t work with on a daily basis out to lunch. You may be surprised what information or insights they can offer!
To get outside your company, try attending a local meetups or talks that interest you. Girls in Tech Phoenix has regular events around the Valley that bring in a supportive crowd focused on empowering each other. See what’s coming up here!
Final Food for Thought: “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller
Written by Roxanne Kirk
Roxanne Kirk is a member of the Marketing Committee for Girls in Tech Phoenix. She has experience in the HR/payroll tech space and is passionate about supporting women in STEM fields.
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