Early in my career, I thought “networking” was synonymous for soliciting something – a job, business, advice, etc. But over the past seven years, I’ve learned it’s so much more than that. Networking is a people-first approach to business. It often requires you to give back – to an individual, organization or the community – rather than take or receive something.
And your network … well, they’re a lot like friends. Some come and go, while others stay with you over the course of your career. Making a one-time connection might not lead to new business immediately, but staying connected over time can generate unexpected opportunities – which is why it’s important to consider networking a long-term commitment.
To hone your networking know-how (or to get an idea of where to start), take a look at the tips below.
Tell us about your experiences working the room and expanding your network. What tips can you share?
Danielle Jimenez is the Director of Client Services at Costa Communications Group and is a recent graduate of Leadership Winter Park, a networking organization for area business leaders.