If I want to build a ship, I won’t bring up people together to collect wood and assign them tasks, but rather teach them the endless immensity of the sea.
Networking is a lot like nutrition and fitness.
We know what to do, but the hard part is making it a top priority. Networking is connecting, learning from each other, giving and receiving referrals, partners, and expanding their reach. Networking is not just about meeting people, it is about meeting the right people. So, here are some ways to grow our network which would help us to move forward in life.
1.) Stop imitating others. We should try to take inspiration from people around us, imitating them will be fruitless. Nature has given us a unique identity, character and qualities which makes us different from others. Every person has its own strength and weakness. The primary goal is to identify them. We should never imitate others because they have their own experiences in life. You could never be me, and I could never be you. Our separate identity will become a source of inspiration for those working with us.
2.) Be humble and positive. Sometimes the best way for leaders to serve employees is to be humble and positive. This will create a space for the employees to experiment with their ideas.
3.) Be full of radiance. Our work should be such that it becomes a source of inspiration for others. With this, other employees will also work with double enthusiasm. This will also create a passion to do something in them.
4.) Be a good listener. An active listener always shows respect to the speaker. People like to know that they are being heard and understood. Active listening also can be a crucial skill in the workplace. By listening we can identify special challenges someone may be facing and for that if we can offer suggestions will strengthen the relationship.
5.) Don’t always take, give as well. Some people are always striving to get noticed for their good looks, personality, their skills, their knowledge, their professional career, their possessions and so on. But we should be an attention giver .We should always make sure to share knowledge and expertise and offer help whenever we see an opportunity.
Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team. Coming together is beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is a success.