The Art of Networking

The secret to great opportunities? The people you haven’t met yet!

“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t met yet.” Networking is about developing a mutually beneficial relationship with people. It is a learned behaviour and there are a few simple things you can do when you start looking for your would be. Think of who you need in your network.

There are different types of people who will have different types of information you need and different skills that will benefit you. If you are looking for a perfect match you need to find contacts in a variety of social circle. While your life coach can give you great advice on how to open up your mind towards strangers, it is helpful to think about whom you need to know so you can make the best use of your time and have the right kind of match when you look for one. Once you know who you want to meet, think of what you will say when you introduce yourself to them. If you think in advance about what to say you will be less anxious about approaching people.

If you are hesitant to approach new people, try to find someone you know who can introduce you. If you are very anxious about social networking, then make it a goal to meet at least one new person with no help from anyone else. It’s so easy to meet someone, get to know them and find yourself having romantic feelings for them. Social networking can really make you feel like you know someone, even if you haven’t yet met them before. We call people our friends when we’ve only interacted with them a handful of times.

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