Learning to Manage Your Networking Circles Becoming an effective networker is extremely important in todayâ€™s society. When you can get to know a variety of people and successfully network with them you can increase your ability to be effective at your job and you may even increase your chances of finding another job. To make sure that you know how to network effectively, you should be sure that you understand the importance of joining a networking program. If you have no prior networking skills, a networking program can help you understand how you are going to need to proceed.
Information Exchange As you are networking, you want to make sure that you are effective with giving and getting information. You will need to be able to give as much as you get and you do not want to forget that your networking will be a two way street. When you meet someone, you should be sure that you are willing to talk about your name, your company, your affiliations, your position and even the nature of your business. You should also be willing to ask questions about this information to the people that you meet. Although networking is important, you have to understand that you cannot network effectively with everyone. You want to make sure that you have the preliminary information and once you have this information you will need to evaluate it. When you evaluate this information you should ask if you can help them and if they can help you. If the answer to both of these questions is yes, you will have a networking relationship that will be beneficial for each of you. It can be easy to start thinking about those you are networking with as business cards or even as names. Each person that you network with is going to be a person and you should be willing to meet their needs as much as you are willing to ask them to meet yours.
Pay Attention to the Circles As you continue to network with more people you will have to make sure that you are constantly re-evaluating the people you keep in contact with. Make sure that you are keeping in contact with the people that can help you the most and that you are able to help effectively. Your inner circle is going to be an influencing factor on your life and you have to make sure that you know who you are going to keep in your circle. It is also important that you never burn bridges with the people that you are networking with.
Social and professional circles can be small and it is important that you know how you are going to keep your name shared in a positive light. Although you may break ties with people, you should understand that you can do this respectfully and in a positive way. Be nice to everybody around you and make sure that you are doing all that you can to help those that you can. If you continue to do this, you will find that your networking circle can become extremely effective. Photo credit: Baltic Development Forum, hey.pictrues via photopin cc