Networking: A Guide For Students and Those Who Suck At It
So, you’ve heard that you should be networking right? Networking is crucial to a successful career and cracking the hidden job market but you’d rather try sober up David Hasslehoff than be forced to network.
Well have I got the solution for you!
- I’m only a student and have nothing to offer to the conversation
- I’m an inexperienced practitioner with no stories to tell
- I hate meeting new people and would rather paint the toes of my mother-in-law than go to a networking event
What you may not realize is that your student status, your inexperience and your fear are levers that will enable you to become a master networker. People love nothing more than to share their story and if you can sneak in the fact that you are new to the profession or a student it will make them even more excited as they get a chance to shape tomorrow’s leaders.
Pareto Principle for Networking
Listen = 80% Talk = 20%
Strike with a Confident Hand
Over time you will build up your own library of stories and you can start to part your wisdom but, until, then I urge you to attend, strike with a confident shake of the hand and listen like you’ve never listened before.