This is where I fall short. I don’t have a strategy for my networking on or offline. I go online, I read, I sometimes share articles and posts and then I’m done, very closed and one way. Offline is even less. I don’t like to admit it but I don’t make much of an effort to research events that I know I would love to attend and meet the industry professionals that I really want to connect with. This is where I have the opportunity to catch up and make up for lost time.
It is all too easy to hide behind time. There isn’t enough time for this, there isn’t enough time for that. And sometimes there just isn’t. But I am committing to making time now and going forward to concentrate more on sharing my thoughts and comments on articles and news. I need to be proactive in making myself more visible, I can’t sit in the corner anymore. And speaking of sitting in a corner, I might as well be in sitting in the corner if I am not attending events that will give me the opportunity to meet new people and industry professionals that I can gain so much and share what I have to offer too.
This is just the icing on the cake. You just never know who you are going to meet and where. Networking is more than putting yourself out there in typical networking forums on and offline. It is everywhere and I need to take advantage of every opportunity.
*images from Twitter – An Ordinary Girl’s Travel Scrapbook