Networking Like a Pro

Your network is your net worth.
When people think about networking, they imagine themselves walking around a big event, trying their best to be extroverted. They think about shaking hands and exchanging business cards, with the hope that sometime in the not-so-distant future an unbelievable opportunity will fall right into their lap.
That’s not real networking–and that’s why people tend to have such an issue with attending “networking events.”
The best networking ever done has been the result of genuine curiosity, and usually in environments most people would never use for networking. For example: if you are physically active you spend a lot of time at the gym or playing sports. Because you spend so much time there, and between the same hours almost every day, you tend see the same faces over and over again. Instead of always keeping my headphones on or concentrating on getting through your workout,  make an effort to get to know people–after all, you see each other there every day, walk past each other on the way to different machines, etc. Might as well know each other’s names, right?
With a little effort, you will be surprised at how many opportunities have come as the result of the friends I’ve made in the gym.
Because the truth is, people don’t like “being networked.” Nobody likes the idea of shaking hands with someone and there being this underlying expectation of, “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” It just feels contrived.
Friends do business with friends.
Instead, make an effort to become everyone’s friend. Get to know where people grew up, what they like doing as a hobby, what their family is like, what their favorite food is. I want to know what their dreams are, what they hope to build or share with people here on earth–and then see if there’s anything you can do to help you.
If something comes back to me as a result of it, great.
If not, doesn’t matter. We’re friends.
Here are 7 tips on networking like a pro. Master these steps and you will become a networking genius.

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