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Career Networking Tips

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As a working mum or a mumpreneur , one will feel overwhelmed and juggling between the responsibilities of work and family which is very common these days. Therefore, you may put networking in the last in your priority listing because you think that it is not worth to invest. However, to create a personal and professional network for your work and life success is essential. There are 3 parts of process where working mums and mumpreneurs can approach networking in different paradigm.

Building Relationships

Networking isn’t just about collecting business cards from people you think may help you. It’s about planting seeds and nurturing long-term relationships that mature over time. For working mums, this will helps you to develop your career to a higher level as people get know you in person and your character. Individuals tend to build trust and confidence on you and this connection is well worthy especially if you are a mumpreneur. As a mum, you may understand this process well because it calls upon the same nurturing skills you already use with your family.

Empower your actions

How many times have you attended networking events and seen others jabber on about themselves and frantically hand out dozens, if not hundreds, of their cards? This frenetic approach only makes them look weak. As a working mom, draw on that “Mummy” authority to engage in empowering, networking actions.

There are 3 simple and useful empowering actions:

 Give

Adopt a giving and sharing attitude. Every time you meet someone ask, “How can I help you?”  Always think, “Who could I connect them with to help them meet their goals?” It’s a natural principle:  The more you help others, the more others will help you.

 Ask – Be bold

Always think, “You never know what will happen” and “it’s worth a try.” If you meet a new contact and find you have an instant connection, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Follow up

Getting introduced to the “right” people is important, but it’s what you do after the introduction that really counts. If you’ve felt a connection with a new contact, phone, email or send a thank you note within one or two days. Then, keep in touch periodically, even if just to say, “Hi, it’s been awhile…”

Efficient Use of Time

You may be thinking, “I’d like to stay connected with people, but I just don’t have the time.”  Here are 3 ways to efficiently find time to network:

Lunch Hours

I’ve historically used my lunch hour, a coveted ME time, to run errands, walk a mile or two or get my hair or nails done. Yet, many associations and groups schedule networking meetings during this time. So, I began to add networking lunches. It’s a great way to preserve early-morning and evening family hours by substituting networking lunches for breakfast meetings or evening mixers!

 “Coffee/lunch over the phone”

This is a more efficient way to meet. Plus, neither party has to invest in driving time. When you want to spend time with a colleague, try a relaxing “lunch over the phone” by scheduling a lunch appointment, packing a lunch that day and calling at the appointed time.

Schedule in advance

Mark your calendar to remind yourself to re-connect with a contact periodically. If you meet a new contact today, schedule the follow up call for two days later and plan a “check-in” email within 60 days.

Remember, the key to networking is building a relationship over time. By using the steps above you should succeed at establishing good relationships that equip you and your business and yet, don’t use hours and hours of your time. Famous social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram etc are able to connect with each other in a very convenient manner. Socialise through social media is another good idea to get in touch with your group of friends. If you are keen to explore more on social media networking, perhaps you may want to check out this interesting article which might draw your interest in social media : ‘Social Media –Purpose and Voice- The First of a Series’.

Let start networking with me by sharing your thoughts and views with me at Wealthy Affiliate or you may drop a message below and I will respond to you at the soonest. Happy networking!

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