The networking objective can be short or long, just be sure it captures your true genuine motives. It should also be very specific and, if relevant, include a timeline. It’s possible that you will have more than one.
Write down your networking objective; keep it in a place that you can reference often. Now you will be better prepared to make wise decisions on which networking events to attend. It’s a good idea to pull out your objective and review it to help you decide if a networking event is worth your time investment to attend and if it will help you reach your networking goals.
Your networking objective could sound similar to this:
I want to be known as the best professional sports manager in the city of Atlanta within the next two years. Additionally I’d like to assist professional sports athletes achieve success on and off the playing field.
Many people experience anxiety when they think about networking. Networking can make or break a career so creating an effective and genuine networking strategy is the best way to overcome the anxiety. I’ll be taking excerpts from my book, Navigating The Career Jungle: A Guide For Young Professionals to help set the foundation for networking.
To maximize your networking effectiveness, you need a good understanding of what you want to get out networking. I recommend you ask yourself a few questions to help establish networking objectives:
·Do you want to meet professionals in your current industry or a new industry?
·Do you want to be known in a particular professional circle?
·What is your personal and professional interest?
·How can your professional skills help someone else?
·How much time do you have to commit to building new relationships?
·What are your short- and long-term goals for networking?
·What geographic areas do you want to network in?
·Are you networking as a requirement for a job or because you have a genuine interest to meet new people?
Tomorrow, I’ll take a step further and unpack what to do with the networking objective.
How many start their week with great expectations, only to have those expectations crumble as each day unfolds? This does not have to be the case for you. If you have a vision for you week, that’s great. Now, all you need is a plan to make it happen.
- Write it down, if you’re look me your memory is pretty good but I nothing beats having a reference guide (electronic or old school note taking works just fine).
- Be realistic, life happens and sometimes this will cause you to shift your actions.
- Don’t get discouraged, a roadblock isn’t a sign that you should give it. It’s simply a reminder that you can do something a different way.
- Celebrate each win, regardless of how you achieved your goals for the week, celebrate them!
Begin making a plan and following it consistently, it may take time but, you will begin to achieve all of your great expectations!
You’ve got to know your professional value, if you want to be compensated for what you’re worth.
Tools like glassdoor.com & salary.com can help you get an idea of the industry salary average. Invest in gaining new skills by attending conferences and gaining relevant certifications. You’ve got to this for yourself or risk leaving money on the table.
In preparation for my annual vision board party. I created a Vision Board Goals Template. it’s a simple worksheet to help you gather ideas in one place.
TIPS FOR GETTING STARTED:
- Take some time to think about the past goals, accomplishments, and anything you want to achieve. Your time of reflection should be done in advance of you writing your 2015 goals.
- Use the worksheet as a tool, and don’t limit yourself. If you need additional space to write your vision, go for it.
- It’s important to remember that your vision can evolve so, don’t worry if you don’t capture everything during one setting. It’s ok to go back to your board later and add to it.
- Get a poster, a magazine, sissisors, glue sticks, and start cutting. When you start cutting images from magazines find the images that best relate to the goals that you’ve written down. (it’s good to have a variety of magazines).
- HAVE FUN (The bubbly will be flowing, at least it will be at my party)!
Click here to download the vision board worksheet.