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We all know that networking is important but are reluctant to get out of our “comfort zone.” Or should I say, “discomfort zone.” Follow these points.

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Networking is one of those things that people really don't like doing because they don't have a lot of experience with it. Once you start doing it, it becomes easier because like anything, it's a skill that you can learn through practice. So what can you do to get out of your, what I'll call "discomfort zone," actually go out there and do it. I say discomfort because it's uncomfortable for many of you to network. On the other hand, "the comfort zone" isn't comfortable either. So you have to make yourself uncomfortable in order to break through.
So, the first thing I want to encourage you to do is to network when you don't really need to network. Be proactive because building relationships really helps show interest in other people. Listen, engage, you know, start a conversation but the first thing really starts off with listening-- listening to others, listening to what they talk about.
Now, right now, I'm going to be speaking in this video about in-person networking, I'm going to do online networking soon. But, initially,, start off with listening. More importantly, be proactive. Also, think about what's the message that you're trying to convey. Message get communicated in a lot of different ways.
They can be communicated with your wardrobe with your body language, with how you listen. It's what you say when you actually speak. Now, I belonged to a BNI chapter for a number of years. We had to do a one minute presentation and, periodically, a 15 minute presentation. Through our man ner and our behavior, we communicated a lot about ourselves and our abilities and our business.
You have to do the same thing in a conversation with others, and practice what you're going to say after first figuring out what your messaging is going to be will help you a lot. Last point I want to make today. I'm sorry, bring cards with you.
Now the last point I want to make is, it's important to follow up. I have been to so many networking meetings where people hand me cards and I never hear from them. Again, I don't understand the logic behind dumping cards into someone's hands and then, from there, not following up. The entire purpose of networking is starting a relationship with someone else. In doing that. You have to talk with them. You have to engage with them. Engagement these days can be by text, phone, email, any number of ways, but to never communicate again, is foolish. So again, always follow up.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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