While the group focused on women in tech, the discussions apply to anyone and everyone. After the first session, which I found extremely helpful, I approached her to ask if I can share tips and material here, and she graciously accepted.
The session was devoted to Networking Strategies, and I hope that after reading this post, you will be inspired to build a successful network, and learn a few tips on how to do so.
A quote by Herminia Ibarra, from INSEAD Business school – “Networking is a lot like nutrition and fitness: You know what to do, the hard part is making it a top priority”
Some things to keep in mind as you start on your network-building journey!
Suggestions on how to approach this vast and potentially difficult-to-navigate world.
1. Build you network BEFORE you need it.
2. Have a goal AND an open mind – especially useful for introverts, also for talking to new people.
3. Be helpful – Like any relationship, you get out what you put in.
Strategic Networking: 6 Archetypes, and where you are with them.
Archetypes (People who should be in your network):
1. Connectors – Have a wide network, and enjoy making introductions
2. Customers – Keep you up-to-date on trends, their needs, and the competition
3. Micro-Mentors – People whose experiences you can learn from.
4. Myth-Busters –Who get rid of your impostor syndrome
5. Advocate – Who amplifies your voice, backs you up, and recommends you for new opportunities
6. Guide – Who is plugged into the organization/industry, and share news.
Where are you (Identify your status with the above archetypes):
1. Who is already active in your network?
2. Who should you re-connect with?
3. Who do you need to meet?
I will be happy to forward this information in an email if you’re interested.
I hope you will use the archetypes to identify your network, and take 3 actions to start building towards the missing roles.