Networking is a crucial pillar to building a successful career, but it often gets a bad rep as being this smarmy, glad-handing way of getting new business. Fear and shyness can cripple some people to the point that networking feels like a terrible chore and is avoided at all costs.
Learning this important soft skill can mean the difference between you reaching your career goals or staying in the same place the rest of your career.
Let’s talk about some ways to network correctly and how to build your sphere of influence like a pro.
Networking is about building relationships
First of all, networking is not about putting on a cheesy smile, slipping your business card into a handshake, exchanging a few surface greetings, and then hoping that person decides they want to do business with you. Networking is about building relationships and getting to know people.