On today's installment of A Word of Wisdom, we discuss effective networking and the reasons why networking is so important.
The goal of networking is to build a network that will improve your net worth. The more people you know, the more you can grow in many areas of your life.
If you represent yourself as a loyal person and dedicated to doing things right and know the right people, networking can be your vehicle to move you to a great place in your life. Around 70 percent of jobs are found by networking. Your network can place you into positions that are never advertised and connect you to people you've never imagined you would be connected too.
If someone gives you their card or has helped you along the way, its important to stay in contact with those people. Follow up with them at least once a month, invite them out to an outing, tea, coffee etc. The more you talk with them, the more they can help. Trust me, there are alot of people that moved ahead this way, why should you be any different.
Often times, you may find people that inspire you, someone you would want to mentor you. Write them an email informing them that you look up to them and would like to assist them in their endeavors. No one will say no to free help and nothing is wrong with contacting them, get out your comfort zone and go for it.
There are several websites such as EventBrite, Meet Up and Yahoo Groups you can search to get out and network. They have several groups and events of all sorts that will connect you with a variety of people. Join the local NAACP, Greater Washington Urban League, The Thursday Network which are all great organizations that give back to the community and are filled with groups of people with a shared goal to uplift the communities they serve. It's always a great idea to connect with a small nonprofit as well.
In this day and age networking over social media is not uncommon. They have a large number of groups you can join, learn about the group, connect and comment. You can request friends, introduce your self and get to know new people on and off social media. Just remember, you have to come from behind social media and network with new contacts face to face, to see what they're really about.
While you're networking, keep your circle of new associates/friends filled with individuals who are above your pay grade and always connect yourself with people who are smarter than you. You can only grow as far as your circle. If you are the smartest person in your circle, you can't grow.
I urge everyone reading this to consider networking 2-3 times per week/month. If you have the same friends from elementary and or high school, its definitely time to enlarge your network.
Now go out there and connect, network and grow your net worth.
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