A couple of weeks ago after having attended quite a few networking and educational events I had some observations about networking (both my experience and watching others) and did a brain dump on Twitter through @MNHeadhunter
This will be a longer blog post in the future but many folks have requested what posted that day so here goes (reverse order):
Networking 101 BONUS: Dating, finding a doctor/attorney/place to live, where to shop, find a good movie. This is networking
In a reply to someone: There is no crying in baseball and no "rules" to networking. Be Nike, just do it
Networking 101: Networking is not about what you need or want. It is about how you can help others
Networking 101: Not reaching out is "fine" when you have a job you like, all the sales you need. How often is that?
Networking 101: Go out of your way to introduce your friends to each other
Networking 101: Find the other people who look lost, do not know anyone. Easy way to create your own circle
Networking 101: Are you going to be a wallflower or are you going to dance?
Networking 101: Does the event publicize guest list? Search for them on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pipl.com
Networking 101: Do not know anyone at an event? Ask the host if they can introduce you to someone
A reply to someone: "My weakness" I learned if I do not do it in 36 hours, I do not. So I force myself. Otherwise lost opportunity
Networking 101: I get this can be awkward but this recession is a lesson that relationships matter
A reply to someone: Don't be shy, slowly nudge in. At one point they did not know each other. If you see someone you know, hop into that circle
Networking 101: START attending events not in your industry. STOP sitting next to people you know. MUST follow up