Connect with us

Leadership

The Many Benefits of a “Stronger” Network

Published

Stronger……that’s what you have with the right network!  Your network matters. 

Over the course of my professional career, I have relied on my ability to create relationships and creatively network up through organizations.  It isn’t easy and it takes dedicated effort to continually grow and expand this fabulous network.

Building a powerful network requires work, creativity, and tenacity.  It means putting in the effort to develop lasting relationships and adding value to every connection without asking for anything in return. That “serve first” attitude comes across far more genuine and provides you with the best chance of growing your power and status.

And in this 24-7 era of news, rapidly changing technology and vapid attention-spans, you need to stand out from the crowd and in the minds of the right influencers.

Networking is all about the long-game!  It does not happen overnight and you need to be able to develop trust and credibility with your network.  Exchanging business cards in a single meeting is not going to get you anywhere and can’t even remotely be considered networking.

And you need a CONFIDENT ATTITUDE!  Think about it……when you are surrounded by high caliber people, you up your game! You are a reflection of the people you surround yourself with.

Related: How Women Can Shape the Future of the Workplace

So how do you get there?

You need to research, research, research.  Identify the organizations and specific people you need to know and they need to know you. Leverage social media in your preparation via LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.

Attend the right events…not every event……the right ones.  

Identify and follow influencers online—see what they are up.  

Promote influencers in your network. 

Make introductions.  This is HUGE! Bringing people together is one of the most important ways of expanding your network and adding value to the connection

Give referrals without expecting anything in return. 

And, remember to always think about how you can add value to your connections.

So “what doesn’t kill you, will make you stronger.”  Get uncomfortable and stay that way!

This requires building a network of influencers and meeting new people way up above you.  People who operate at high levels and will help you push the boundaries of your networking comfort zone.

As you engage in the process of establishing, building and maintaining your network, keep in mind … 

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
and put your best foot forward” 
 Kelly Clarkson — “Stronger”

Continue Reading

Trending