6 Easy Networking Tips You Need to Know About in 2022

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Networking is an underrated and important element of life. Whether you're looking to network to gain new business connections or looking to acquire new career opportunities, networking is something we all should take part in.

Networking is all about constructing and creating long-term, mutually beneficial relationships and making lifelong connections where both parties add value to each other's lives. There are many ways in which networking can take place, from the use of online platforms such as LinkedIn to attending a local networking event, the opportunities are limitless.

Knowing how to network is an essential skill that's becoming increasingly necessary for professionals across the globe. In regard to networking, the circumstances are unique to each individual, however, throughout this article, we explore ways in which you can become more successful at networking and create true connections with others.

1. Identify your style of networking
When it comes to networking, if you want to be successful, you first need to consider and identify what style of networking works for you. Networking is unique to every individual, as we all possess diverse skills, qualities, and personalities. For example, a highly extroverted individual isn't going to network with others the same way as an introvert, so it's essential to always consider your plan of action.

When it comes to networking styles, professionals say there are 4 different types that people use. Having a clear understanding of your style and the style of the person you're trying to form a connection with, it will make the process smoother and allow both parties to engage better. To have networking success, you need to feel confident and comfortable with how you connect with others.

There are plenty of free online resources and quizzes on Google to help you determine which style is best suited to you. Once you figure it out, you'll notice the difference immediately, building more substantial and engrossing relationships than you did before.

2. Use social media
Social media isn't just for posting photos of dogs and what you ate for dinner. There are plenty of professional networking sites available on the web that are free to sign up for. From LinkedIn to Twitter, each platform has something different to offer its users.

Using social media is a great way to connect with other professionals in your desired field, or keep in touch with colleagues or acquaintances you've met over the last few years. With the pandemic changing how we operate in our day-to-day lives, using social media has become a useful tool to get to know people.

Using social media channels also relieves the intimidation some people may feel if they need to meet people face to face. It provides the possibility to additionally expand your network to people you wouldn't meet in local networking events but to professionals from across the globe. Social media is a great place to gain applicable knowledge and the latest insight into your field, whilst creating an environment where communication can be made freely.

3. Go to networking events
Wherever you are in the world, there is likely to be a networking event close to you. Networking events are a wonderful way to socialise with people within your profession or role, in addition to acquiring new understanding and knowledge into the latest sensations.

When it comes to finding a networking event, it's all about research and finding what sort of event works best for you. There are tons of ways to find events to attend, from a quick google search to speaking with your colleagues, you will be able to find a function that is local and relevant to your goals.

4. Find a mentor
When it comes to mentoring, there are so many benefits involved, from improved chances of career progression to increased self-confidence. One of the least talked about but key advantages seen of finding a mentor is the opportunity to not only connect with a professional within your field, but also be offered the chance to be introduced to their varied professional network.

After getting to know you better and understanding your goals, a mentor will be able to introduce you to people they feel would add value to your life and career. Mentors are often more skilled professionals and over the years have come across other professionals that they've stayed in contact with. This is a fantastic advantage of having a mentor because they know who you are likely to connect with and who they think wouldn't be a good fit. If you're looking to find a mentor but don't know where to begin, a platform such as PushFar is a great place to get started.

5. Set networking goals
Before reaching out to someone via a social media platform or connecting with someone during a networking event, you should set personal goals that you want to execute. This helps remove any distractions and allow you to feel accomplishment. No goal is too silly or small, if your goal for the day is to speak with 3 new people, that's great, or even just connecting with 1 new person, it's still an improvement from what you did yesterday. Having goals in place allows you to come prepared. Whether it be online or face to face, being prepared is always adventurous and something we should all strive for.

6. Follow up
People underestimate the power of following up with new connections, this is particularly crucial after attending face to face networking events. When you meet someone new at a networking event, it's important to remember to ask for their contact details, so you can stay in touch. From messaging via text or using social media to connect, you have the opportunity to get to know them better and allow for more lengthy and personal conversations to be held. You can also message them with any queries you may have or specific topics of conversation.

Final thoughts
Networking doesn't need to be a challenging process and, in fact, should be something we all look forward to. Networking allows us to connect with people and exchange valuable knowledge and information that will help enhance not only our careers but in our lives too.

There are no disadvantages to building a strong network that you can turn to for advice and guidance when needed. If you follow the advice within this article, you should have a thriving network in no time.

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