The traditional methods of networking are becoming passé. With changing times and attitudes of people and dynamically different business settings, the various ways to network should also get transformed. Sending an odd courtesy letter to someone you know or suddenly bumping into someone and trying to create some camaraderie is not going to work in 2014. Networking has to be creative, compelling and impressive. In the adjoining slideshow, you would unravel five creative ways to network.
Networking isn’t only about meeting people in person, talking about your specific interests and trying to get someone to cuff up a business card. You simply have to grow your network by the virtue of your social skills. You do not need to travel a thousand miles to meet a handful of people. Millions of people are right there on a social network that you are on too. You can easily connect with as many people you want. Since everyone is trying to connect to people, you can stand out and start a new social activity on your existing network to gain attention. The subsequent traction that your activity would generate would inadvertently get more people interested. Thereon, you can strike up online conversations and follow up outside the virtual world.
The Right Place and the Right Time
It is necessary to be seen at the right places, for the right reasons and with the right intentions. You have to be present at important social or cultural events wherein you can meet people who could contribute something to your network or to your business. You need to display some noble intentions to your existing network and the network that you are trying to get into. You can do so by volunteering for causes or by being seen with the right people at the right places. Attending just about any event is a thing of the past. You need to attend events that would have significance in your larger networking aspirations. You have to meet relevant people and you can do so by being at the right places. Getting to know people who are not the least interested in networking is a sheer waste of time and energy.
Reconnect with Others
Reconnecting with people you know who can contribute to your network, getting hooked to larger networks and establishing relationship with networkers who have a larger outreach than you are just some of the other smarter ways you can approach your networking campaign.