One of the core ingredients to climbing up the career ladder fast or achieving personal goals is building a reliable network of people. As the popular saying goes,’ Your Network determines your Net worth.’ More relevant is the fact that most people struggle in this area. Therefore, to rise up the career ladder faster and expand your circle of influence, you’ll need to take networking seriously. Successful people are usually excellent networkers and that’s why we thought to share these 6 habits successful people have in common as regards networking:
Habit 1: Successful Networkers Are Always on Auto-Networking mode
First of all, successful people are always on a mission. Networking for them is like an automatic form of interacting with people, for short and long term benefit.
Habit 2: Successful Networkers Have Mastered the Art of Conversation
Mastering the art of conversation is in knowing what to say, when to say and how to say it. Therefore, knowing how to intelligently choose words, and listen attentively is key.
Habit 3: Successful Networkers don’t wait until they attend a networking event
Many people think networking is only done at networking events, workshops and business conferences. Networking can be done anywhere, either in a lunch room, waiting room, social events, beauty salon and so on. As a result, you never can tell what the other person has that you might need.
Habit 4: Successful Networkers are genuinely interested in others
Successful networkers don’t just talk to people in order to get something from them, rather they are genuinely interested in knowing who and what makes them who they are.
Habit 5: Successful Networkers have something to offer
People naturally gravitate towards people who can be of benefit to them. Rather than soliciting for an offer, turn the tables around, and let them see that you are indeed of value to them.
Having all the fancy business cards is not good enough. Therefore, it is important you follow up in order to establish a solid relationship.
The next time you go out there, get your networking game on!
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