Benefits of Being
Getting your career off the ground is not easy especially there are so much to do and learn. Many business owners and self employed are hesitant to go out to network as they perceive that networking is a waste of their time.
Truth is, networking is an important part of launching your business and building your awareness. So, here are some quick tips to help you get started.
1. ALWAYS BE POLITE, HUMBLE, AND PROFESSIONAL.
You need to demonstrate the right attitude and observe proper etiquette when forging new professional connections, especially when you are first getting started.
You might feel excited to try to impress higher-ups and veteran colleagues with your ideas and perspectives, and that is great. But, you also want to do a lot of listening.
Say thank you.
And, be sure to be professional throughout your interactions with potential new members of your network.
You want others to take you seriously; so, demonstrate that you take them, and the work, seriously too by projecting a professional attitude and energy whenever you interact.
2. BE PREPARED TO INVEST REAL EFFORT INTO THE PROCESS.
Networking does take time and effort, so do not be too passive about the process.
Social media can sometimes give us the illusion of productivity.
You check out some opportunities you come across via an old pal’s feed, and you feel like you did your networking work for the day.
Social media is a good tool and you can utilize it your advantage, but do not lean on it exclusively to build your network. Forge new connections in the real world when you can.
Try to attend some events that could help you meet new people in your industry, for example.
This stuff takes effort. So, be ready to invest some time and energy into the networking process.
3. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS.
Found a few people you can connect with about your profession?
And, when you do, you can ask them some questions to help you navigate better or understand their business better.
This will also help others feel excited about helping you get started because they will trust that their efforts do not go to waste.
When you ask questions, you demonstrate respect and an eagerness to learn and grow.
And that, in itself, will help you build your network.
4. BE NATURAL.
Networking is such an intimidating word. But, when done well, it is natural and relaxed.
Basically, you just want to be yourself, but be your best self, and get out there and interact with other professionals as much as possible. When you are comfortable, others are comfortable, too.
Keep in mind that the best networking happens organically. Be yourself.
And, be on the lookout for good opportunities to meet new people and be your best self.
5. BE PATIENT.
It is important to know that everything takes time.
You are learning so much right now.
And, you are getting a ton of practice, with so many different skills.
Give yourself a break, take some deep breaths, and be patient. Building a strong professional network takes time.
It also takes some time for the benefits of your connections to really come to fruition.
Trust that the efforts you are investing now will pay off down the road. And, try to enjoy the ride.
“Trust that the efforts you are investing now will pay off down the road.“
Getting started on your networking journey in Singapore is never easy. But the rewards are great.
If you always wanted to be your own boss, but am not sure how to get started, you can always contact me to have a chat. Hearing from someone who gets you can help you get it too.