Networking for Professional Development

Stay on the lookout.

It really doesn’t matter what industry you are in, you should constantly look for resources to broaden your skills to move your career forward.

Dr. Bessie and I have found that as you transition your career after earning a doctorate degree such as a PhD or DBA, you should never underestimate the power of networking.

Many times, we think of networking when searching for a new job. You do not have to be job hunting to benefit from networking. After all, it can be an enlightening experience to have a conversation with your peers.

Places to network

Opinions vary when it comes finding the best places to network. Dr. Bessie and I find LinkedIn to be a great tool for reaching out to others.

Also, we use face-to-face contacts or introductions from other professionals we know. We find Facebook too personal to use as a networking tool.

You can search out related groups on social media, in your community, or consider joining a professional association. You should find what works for you and put yourself out there. You will be surprised what happens.

Strategic networking

Juliette Mayers shared ten ways to network strategically.

# 1 Establish Goals.  Find networking opportunities that align with your personal and professional plans.

# 2 Connect Early and Often.  Use social media, personal and business contacts in your network to reach out and find new contacts.

# 3 Update Your LinkedIn Profile.  Update your LinkedIn profile to reflect your current role. Use a current professional headshot.

# 4 Expand Your Circle. Be sure to reach out to people you do not know as well as people in your organization, classmates, small business owners, speakers, and colleagues in other locations.

# 5 Smile. This simple step will make you more approachable to others seeking networking opportunities.

# 6 Show Genuine Interest in Others.  Asking questions is a great way to start the conversation once you’ve introduced yourself.

# 7 Give Generously.  As you engage with others, think of ways you can be helpful. Only commit to things that you are prepared to deliver.

# 8 Look for Alignment. Look for common ground as you network. Identify opportunities for win-win collaborations.

# 9 Share Your Story.  Your story should give people a sense of your authentic self in a way that differentiates you.

# 10 Keep Your Word.  If you commit to contacting someone, do so.  Your word is a reflection of your personal brand. Make a note regarding the promises you make and be sure to follow-up. You want a to leave a positive brand impression with your internal and external network, so keep your word.

Best,

Dr Patti

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
~~~African Proverb~~~

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Author: Dr. Patricia Mason

Co-Founder Beautiful You * Social Entrepreneur * DBA * Positive Thinker * Nature Lover * Poet * Advisory Board Member * Relay Committee * Certified Reiki 1 & 2 Practitioner

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