A good network plays a crucial role in our professional and career development. It gives us a diverse perspective outside our own domain and industry and allows sharing of information and best practices while keeping us up-to-date. These are just a few of the advantages of networking.
Building a far-reaching and diverse network does not happen by itself. It takes a systematic approach, time and effort. But it’s certainly worth it. Here are a few starting tips:
1. Check your mind-set. Do you see the value of networking?
2. Make an inventory of your current network. Who do you spend most time with? Who are the people that matter most in your professional life?
3. Analyze the findings. Is your network overpopulated with people like you? Who are the people that would be strategically important to your agenda?
4. Put networking in your calendar.
5. Ask for help. People will happily recommend who they think you should meet.
So try and discover the value of networking. It may boost your professional development in ways you could not have imagined.