How can you make your networking successful in 2013?

The New Year is a good time to become aware of the efforts and emotions that surround our networking activities.  To feel more comfortable and confident building relationships in 2013, set aside 15 minutes this week to answer the questions below.  This assessment will help you identify what to keep as a part of your networking approach.  The next week of daily tips will give some ideas for New Year’s resolutions that will help you become a successful networker.

1. Think of a professional (or personal) situation in which you networked successfully.  Now, in bullet points, jot down what comes top of mind–don’t judge, just jot:

  • Where were you?
  • What worked?
  • Why?
  • What was fun?
  • When you walked away, what did you remember?
  • What other factors of that networking situation made you feel comfortable connecting with others?

You have just come up with a short list of what makes you a successful networker.

2. Want to identify more successful networking qualities, attributes, strengths? Think of 3-5 people you admire and believe are great (authentic) networkers–they may be people you know well, or just acquaintances.

  • What do they do naturally?
  • What are their goals in building a network?
  • Where and how do they put their time and energy?
  • What are they known for?
  • Are they in your network–or do you wish they were?

I’m sure that as you were completing this exercise, you were also thinking: “What could I have done better in the networking situation I identified?” or maybe, “I could never be like the networkers I profiled.”  Well, next week’s blog posting will give you an opportunity to identify how you might want to change a network attitude or approach over the coming year.  But first, check out the daily tips for resolution ideas!


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