Building relationships and having a strong network is key to your success.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.” (African proverb)
Not everyone knows how to effectively network. It’s about being in the right mindset and understanding the worthiness of your connections, and finding out how beneficial networking really is. This is something that you need to develop and nurture, in order to foster valuable and healthy relationships.
Some excel at it, while some don’t. And not everyone recognizes that the steps you take (or choose not to take) do have an impact on how you connect with others.
This all helps you to be successful at networking…or not.
Say you’re having lunch with a new contact. And throughout the meal, it’s been a one-sided conversation…focused only on you. How much fun is it for others to constantly hear you speak about the horrible day you’re having, or how you can’t stand your boss, or how desperately you need to find a new job? It makes people feel like they don’t want to spend time with you, since you’re dragging down the relationship.
When you do this, not only are you creating a bad reputation for yourself, but also for those who are associated with you. This influences the impact you have on your connections, and really shows you’re an amateur networker.
So how do you know if you’re being unsuccessful at it? Here are the 8 most common ways people fail at networking.
If you’re doing any of the above, then you will fail at networking – and people will remember you for all the wrong reasons. That’s not a good thing.
You may not even realize you’re performing some of these actions. I recommend that you take a step back and evaluate your networking skills – and assess the mindset you’re in when you are looking to build on your relationships. Doing so will create more meaningful connections with others!
NetWorkWise Top Tip: Building relationships and having a strong network is key to your success. By learning how to fail at networking, you now know what you SHOULD DO in order to be effective at it!
This is a guest post by Adam Connors, Founder and CEO of NetWorkWise. He is the producer of the podcast Conversations with Connors that highlights an eclectic group of successful people and how networking has been a cornerstone to their success.
NetWorkWise trains and educates individuals and organizations in the science and art of networking to accelerate sales, personal development and career opportunities.