It’s not what you know it’s who you know.

Heard that often? I know I have. Individuals obtaining jobs through pure contacts and sometimes overlooking skills has been an ongoing debate but it has to be said that knowing the right person can help get you noticed much earlier or having the ability to get straight to the right person, cutting out unnecessary paths is definitely a positive. 

It’s not about pimping yourself out, collecting as many business cards as you possibly can or schmoozing over charcuterie boards with copious amounts of wine (although that’s not a bad idea). It’s about being genuine, sharing your experience, adding value to others (people buy people first) and connecting with other influential, helpful and inspiring individuals.

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Your network is the people who want to help you, and you want to help them, and that’s really powerful

~Reid Hoffman

I’m a real advocate of networking, not only because I will chat to anyone but I am genuinely interested in meeting new people. Every person you meet knows something you don’t. Everyone has a story, an experience, something you can learn from.

Whilst I can network with ease and enjoy doing so, there are those that feel extremely uncomfortable bringing them out in hives! You don’t necessarily need to be a confident outgoing person to be able to network in my opinion, it’s about the art of mixing with like-minded people, building and often strengthening relationships.

5 Networking Benefits

Job Opportunities

Casual chats for example, about how a project went and a spanner was thrown into the works because someone resigned could lead to, “Oh hey I know someone who I think would be great at that, let me connect you with them.” Conversations like this really can open doors for people.

Adding Value

Adding value to a conversation, assisting someone in their quest for a new role or to connect them with someone who can help gives you the ability to lead and potentially influence others. The giving economy is important to me, helping others to succeed is a phenomenal feeling.

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Sharing Experiences

How powerful is it when you meet someone who has been there done that and can offer guidance on what not to do? Sharing experiences or ideas can help you to navigate your own path more smoothly, knowing what has and hasn’t worked for some in the past.

Industry Knowledge

Connecting with others who may have further knowledge or insight as to the future of xyz or how things are shaping in a particular business keeps you in the know and up to speed with industry insights.

A Bigger Social Circle

Networking isn’t always purely professional, they can lead to new personal social gatherings. That’s never a bad thing!

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Sometimes networking can make you realise it can be a small world but the larger your network is, the more opportunities that present themselves.

How do you find networking? Do you have any hints and tips to share?

N x

So hey you, yes you..I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.

 

 

 

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4 Comments on “The Power Of Networking

  1. I feel like the word “networking” has been painted in such a negative light, so much so that its perks have been forgotten! I actually really enjoy networking events and don’t find that you have to be “fake” at all, like many people tell me – it’s always been about getting to know others and learning from others’ experiences. Of course, the contacts and job opportunities etc are useful, but it tends to go pear shaped as soon as I turn that into my goal. Wonderful post Nicci. x

    • I totally agree with you! I think it almost needs a rebrand and remove the word networking! I used to feel nervous attending events but I really enjoy them now purely from the standpoint of meeting new people. Thankyou so much for your lovely comments I really appreciate it and I’m so glad you enjoyed reading it xxx

  2. I’d love to network more, but this whole situation looks a bit fake and pushy to me. But I agree, it’s super important and sometimes even fun!

    • I completely get where you are coming from. It depends on the people I think!

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