Networking & Your Network Map
Take a look at anyone who is really successful and you will find that they have built a really strong network of people around them; but for many of us, the idea of networking can be intimidating and confusing. “How should we go about networking?”, “Who should we be networking with?” and “Where do we meet these people?” are all questions that come up frequently. Many people also feel like they’re introverted or not good with names and faces and that makes them not good at networking.
Networking – Don’t Stress About It!
The best thing you can do to help improve your networking skills is to not place so much pressure on yourself about networking. All you’re really doing is getting out there and looking for people who share your goals and interests. You can meet people like this anywhere, whether it is through your job, your social circle, or your community. Just as important as getting out and meeting the people you want to bring into your network is keeping track of them and being able to re-connect with them when the need arises.
Using a Network Map
One simple tool that you can use to help keep track of your network and build strong relationships is a network map. In this video Jason shows some simple, but effective, things that you can do with a network map to leverage your network to solve problems you may be facing and also to make lasting connections for yourself and (more importantly) for others.