Just get out there. Be present. Show up. Start with hello.
Regardless if I am on-line or in line, this is the strategy I am carrying into 2020.
Professional networking, like any relationship, starts with building a conversation. No one ever gets involved in a committed relationship without first getting to know each other, and that is no different in business.
To build my network, I want to keep in touch with those from my past, and build a path to those in my future, while paying particular attention to those in my present. Again, no different than everyday life.
We make networking a complicated thing, like there is more at stake. And there is. We need to make a good impression. Showcase ourselves as both a professional, and an expert in our field, while being personal enough that people want to engage. Sounds hard, but if we take the time to make it a daily habit, on-line or in-person, it becomes a habit.
My commitment is to get out more, meet new people and put myself out there, in person. Where I can’t hide behind the screen, and just type out what I want to say.
The beauty of hiding behind my Mac is I can be authentic and not worry if people are accepting what I say. It takes away the imposter syndrome. In person, we are more guarded with our comments so as to not see the expression on the face of someone who somehow disagrees, or disbelieves in what we say.
I also want to be more present in my on-line communities. I have to remember that while having a strategic plan and posting for my clients is important, it should not be at the expense of my own platforms. I need to be seen, and heard, because even by networking on line, I can build relationships that may lead to opportunities.