"It's not what you know, but who you know that counts." -Arthur Friedland
We can only speak on our past experiences when we say that networking and being among “our people” has been a game-changer for us personally and professionally as Executive Assistants.
There are a variety of ways you can get into networking if you are new to it and we would be happy to answer your bespoke questions and give you FREE coaching to help you unlock what you need.
Not all networking should come at a personal cost to you, there are a lot of free resources out there and we have plenty of suggestions and connections to point you in many directions that suit you, your time, your location and your budget.
What is it exactly?
Networking is the process of building and maintaining relationships with other people, typically for professional or business purposes. It can be done online or in person, and it's a great way to learn new things, meet new people, and advance your career.
There are many networking benefits, but some of the most important ones we have had great outcomes from that we want to share with you are:
Finding new opportunities.
Not just for job openings, but to find out information on so many other events that may not just benefit you but you may also find you can add value to your Executive or Organization to recommend and share something you have just learned from just talking to like-minded people.
Learning new skills.
Networking is a great way to learn about new trends, technologies, and best practices from other professionals. You can also get insights into the challenges and opportunities that other people are facing and bring a sense of clarity when you feel you are the only one experiencing something.
Networking can help you build relationships with people who can help you achieve your personal and professional goals. This could include potential employers, clients, customers, or partners.
Boosting your confidence and visibility.
When you network with other professionals, you're building your reputation and making a name for yourself in your field. Personal branding and who you associate with, including credible groups, is hugely important too.
If you're new to networking, it's normal to feel a little shy or nervous - don't worry, there are a few things you can do to boost your confidence for a successful networking event:
Be prepared. Before you go to a networking event, take some time to think about what you want to say and think about some questions you can ask other attendees.
Be yourself. People can tell when you're being fake or holding back - you will give off energy you are not even aware of, so it's important to be genuine and authentic when you're networking. Be yourself and let your personality shine through.
Be interested in other people. The best way to make a good impression is to be interested in what other people have to say. Ask questions and actively listen.
Follow up. After you meet someone at a networking event, be sure to follow up with them within a few days. Send them a LinkedIn connection request or email them to introduce yourself again and express interest in staying in touch.
“Networking internally with your organisation and externally with others you do not work with is an essential part of your personal branding” - Jodie Mears
"Your network is your net worth." - Porter Gale
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