Have you ever heard about the notion that everything in this life is a scam, sort of? And that the sooner you learn about ‘scamming’ your way into the jobs or positions that you want, the easier the career climb will be for you. Well, the word scam here is in quotes because the one who coined the saying didn’t necessarily mean that you have to use underhand methods to get ahead. What they meant is that there is a lot of strategies that go into networking our way to the jobs that we want and that while some people have the inborn capacity to work networks, it is also possible to acquire it as a skill and use the knowledge to advance in your career. Here are tips to help you Network with confidence.
Adopting the right personality
Have you ever wondered why people who are in positions of power seem so perfect in everything that they do? Everyone knows that by the end of the day, they are just simple humans like everyone else, and they have the same skills which other people have acquired from school, right? Well, the only difference between the really successful and everyone else is that the earlier have learned the beauty and power of having the right personality.
Invest in yourself as a brand
People who have succeeded in networking take a lot of time to package themselves as a brand. They learn and perfect all the traits which make them seem so brilliant and successful. If you have the skills, and you aren’t making progress in your attempts to network, you need to learn how to package and present yourself as a brand.
As a rule of thumb, you should always look decent when leaving the house, because you have no idea who you will meet, and you probably won’t get a second chance to make a first impression. If you want to be taken seriously as a business executive, invest your money into some serious business suits or business casual clothing. The image that you exude when in front of your potential network speaks volumes about yourself before you even get a chance to say anything.
Saying the right things to the right people
There are four mistakes that most people make when they are in situations with the potential to create strong networks: hijacking conversations, making the conversation a sales pitch, asking tough questions to sound smart and being too serious. If you want people to feel at ease in your presence, you have to figure out how to flow naturally into the conversation. Let the other person speak, and actually, listen to what they have to say. When you get an opening to speak about yourself, share your passion in a simple and sincere manner and always remember to follow up on any offers made during the event.
These are some easy tips which will go a long way in helping you create a good network and advance your career. Take time and create a networking strategy that harnesses your strengths while at the same time minimizing your weaknesses; this will get you the most desirable results.