6 Network-Building Tactics
Let’s start building your network with these 6 network-building tactics:
- Ask A Superior For Advice
As a general rule we don’t particularly enjoy it when people ask us for favours. But, even though a request for advice is still technically a request for a favour, we usually love being asked for advice. It’s a sign that the other person values our opinion and wisdom.
Take a moment to send a brief email to one of your superiors. Let them know that you want to do your best to add more value to the company and ask them for any advice or suggestions they may have on how you might do that.
- Set Up A Lunch Appointment
Send a quick email or text message to a few friends and invite them to lunch sometime next week. Sharing a meal is a wonderful way to build relationships.
Ideally, you should invite two or more friends who would benefit from meeting each other. In essence, you’re providing a favour to both parties.
- Reconnect With An Old Acquaintance
Take a minute to send an email or social media message to someone you haven’t spoken to in a few years. Ask them how they’re doing and if there’s anything you might be able to help them with… and ask them for advice on an issue you’re currently facing.
- Mentor A Rookie
Take the time to build a relationship with young people and other new hires today. Send a quick text message, and ask them how they’re doing. This type of relationship can sometimes pay off with massive dividends down the road.
- Schedule Attendance At A Chamber Of Commerce Event
Check out the events calendar on their website. There are probably multiple events that don’t require membership. Identify an event that interests you, buy a ticket, mark it in your calendar and when you show up be ready to meet new people.
- Share This Article
Think of a few friends who are interested in networking, this shows that you’re thinking about them on an individual level.