We like to think of networking as some abstract process, which in fact its simply just making new friends with people who are in the same business as you. Networking also doesn’t have to be about using someone for something, but the added benefit of having friends is sometimes you do nice things for each other.
My best friend is an awesome networker she didn’t even have to go to school to learn how to be good at it. It just cam naturally for her, and watching her meet new people and the perks that come so natural for her like freebies, invites to exclusive parties and shows is amazing. Being her friend is also a good plus for me because I usually get to share in the perks. When your friend is not around how do you network for yourself.
- I get rid of my agenda, usually you are tough on yourself when you set a goal when it comes to meeting new people. The thing with people is that everyone is so different you cannot force others to do what you want them to do. It would come off as annoying if you just met someone and they were trying too hard to be your friend.
- when you allow yourself to get rid of your agenda it makes it easier for you to be yourself. When you are yourself it allows you to be at ease in what might feel like an uncomfortable situation. When you are your natural self you allow others to like you for you and you don’t have to keep up an image that might be stressful.
- If you are at a networking event don’t talk about it, talk about other things. Everyone else will be talking about the same thing so you’ll stand out if you are just being in the moment and just enjoying the people around you as appose to stressing about the situation that you are in.