Getting into the habit
You often come across certain situations where you don’t feel the need to interact with others. This can be due to a variety of factors. You may not be a social person, simply avoid non-productive talks, or find it tough to interact with strangers. This attitude will not take you anywhere in the world of business. Therefore, it is essential to get into a habit of staying connected. In the start this will seem odd, but with time you will take interest in others people work, and before you know it, will be willing to attend seminars, lunches, dinners etc. You can either start by meeting old college friends, and distant relatives. Just pick up your phone or send an email.
It is also important to focus on a selective networking process, where you meet with people of your industry or interact with those facing similar challenges in their respective businesses. Join trade or industry associations where you are able develop relationships with selective people. However, don’t limit yourself as you may need to know people from other business sectors as well.
Mutually beneficial relationships
Nothing comes for free and the same phrase is applied when it comes to networking. You will need to listen and understand other people’s needs and for that you will need to take interest in their work as well. Do your best to establish a good working relationship. Building trust is essential, which will only be possible if you are willing to help others. Don’t just leave anyone in the dark. Always stays in touch, even if you have not heard from them for some time.