In a digital age, you may think that networking seems old fashioned. Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networks are fantastic ways to communicate and sustain relationships – but not necessarily to build them. Whenever possible, you should always network face-to-face. It leaves a lasting impression.
Networking is often misinterpreted as selling. However, it is much more than selling your business, product, service, etc. It’s about building a good reputation for yourself and company as well as building long-term relationships that could potentially help you in your future. Networking is vital for career growth.
Here are three key benefits of networking:
- Build Confidence
Continuously putting yourself out there and meeting new people may seem like your worst nightmare. But, the more you do it, the more your confidence grows and the easier it becomes! Stepping outside of your comfort zone and building invaluable social skills can take your career to the next level.
- Build Knowledge
Exchanging best practices and business techniques open doors in your career knowledge you never knew were there. By talking to others in your field (or even outside) you gain insights that come from a fresh set of eyes. In an ever-changing business climate, it’s crucial to consistently stay up-to-date on what’s happening in your industry.
- Advance Your Career
Meeting new people and getting noticed is essential in career building. Attending networking events on a regular basis allows you to become reliable, known, and builds your reputation. Which in return, allows you to connect with a variety of careers in and outside of your field.
Still nervous? That’s okay! We’re here to help you every step of the way! A few best practices are to have a few points of discussion planned, always bring business cards, and go in with one goal- whether that goal is to make a solid business connection or to just have one great conversation.
At the Women’s Resource Center, we offer networking sessions every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at our Sarasota location from 1-3pm! We’ll help you every step of the way.