Networking becomes a little clearer if we give it a different name: professional relationship building. It’s all about getting out there (both on and offline), meeting people who work in your profession or your future industry, and building a relationship with them. Among the social networks.
LinkedIn can be one of the most useful when it comes to cultivating critical, lucrative business opportunities, since it has a high concentration of business decision makers. The goal of networking is to create a professional network. That means a group of professional contacts you know well enough to call in a favour from and for whom you wouldn’t object doing a favour. It’s as simple as that.
Christiana, my suggestion is to join targeted groups: This can be one of the most effective ways to connect with like-minded professionals who are serious about using LinkedIn to form deeper business connections, volunteering, discussions groups and. Participating in these groups also enables you to share your knowledge and to learn from other members.
Christiana here are some tips to creating a professional LinkedIn profile that will get you noticed.
John recommends the following next steps:
For me, I just schedule bi-weekly or monthly 1 hour meetings with the people I've liked working with the most. Some I have lunches with, as they are local; and some I have phone or video calls with as they're all the way across the country. One friend who I met through work, even though she lives in Boston and I live in California, we have helped each other though life for the past 7 years. I currently have 7 people I have meetings with on a regular basis (besides people I manage) and I look forward to each one of them.
Relationships deepen with time spent together, so anyone you find inspiring, I would recommend finding a way to spend time with them. These one hour meetings are an easy way to keep up with each other and form deeper bonds, which can enrich our lives.
Great question! To echo the others, LinkedIn is a great way to stay in contact.
If you've had the opportunity to get to know these contacts personally, I'd suggest adding them as a contact in your phone and use the Notes field to log some formal and informal topics you've discussed (ie. kids, hobbies, area of expertise)...that way, if you reach out, you have some connection points to use.
Best of luck!
Focus on how you grow the relationship. Maintain contact on a regular basis, every few months or when something special occurs. Great leaders want to see you succeed. When you have accomplished something, share with former supervisors and thank them again for helping you on your career journey.
Mary Jane recommends the following next steps:
I am happy to help with some advice :)
I often find that connecting with those people who have a strong mutual interest in the same things that you do makes the process of keeping in touch and maintaining that professional relationship much easier.
Linkedin is a great resource to use when meeting someone in a professional setting as it's pretty much the 'facebook' of the business world. It's a great platform to direct people to especially when you're in a crowded event or in a rushed environment. If someone can remember your name (or vice versa), it's easy to find you on Linkedin.
Once you have established that initial connection a great way to maintain it is to introduce those people with common interests and form groups . What that does is create a continued dialogue and opportunity to meet more often with those people that you have connected with. More often than not, you tend to form much stronger personal relationships with those same people as you are consistently sharing and engaging.
Finding opportunities to meet, and other events etc are great ways to maintain the professional relationship.
Sharing relevant content with those people, whether it be via Linkedin or other social networking platforms will help build much stronger bonds.
I hope this helps!
Sending a handwritten letter to someone you worked with (even if it's just to check up on them), let's people know you care.
For me, the best way to continue professional relationships and networks with individuals that you've work with is by connecting with such individuals on LinkedIn.
LinkedIn a great tool for building and sustaining professional relationships.
You can continue to engage with such individuals by liking, sharing and commenting on their posts.
I hope this helps!
I would say to make sure you get their contact information while you are volunteering with them. You can email or call them once a month depending on how busy they are. I feel like monthly contacts are good because they are not too often to the point where it seems as if you are pestering them. You may ask them what they have been up to and you may share some new work things or whatever it is you want to talk about. These meetings don't have to be super long. Maybe an hour or two is fine, but i think these are just a few ways to keep in contact with the people you have networked with.
I hope this helps!