Part II: Strategy
A five-part series that will help navigate you through, what some consider, the necessary evil . . .
Whether you’re braving this new venture for personal growth or business brand recognition, putting together a strategic plan is a necessary next step. Did you know that more than 80% of those in business do not have a networking strategy?
Here are some tools you can utilize to build and keep your networking strategy on track:
- Join LinkedIn: It is the most successful professional social media channel for networking with like-minded people. Once you’ve set up your LinkedIn profile and filled it out to its fullest, start connecting with other professionals, join groups and actively participate in discussions.
- Join a Meetup: Meetups are one of the more effective face-to-face group networks for connecting with professionals who share similar interests. Join multiple Meetup groups and attend a few of their events just to test the waters.
- Create a Blog: Sharing your industry knowledge and perspective is a powerful tool to have in your networking toolbox and providing an avenue for others to express their questions and insights that can be distributed to the masses is even better.
- Meet someone new weekly: Whether you meet this individual online or in person, to remain valuable in this every-changing economy it is essential that you continually connect with someone new. However, don’t seek out someone just to check off a “to-do” list, seek like minded people that will bring value to you and your growing network.
- Create an ROI scale: Like any campaign there needs to be a measurement of success. Tracking each activity on an Excel spreadsheet weekly, even daily will be a good visual compass of what’s working and what’s not.
- Better to give: When networking it is always a good idea to give . . . . for example;
- Make recommendations on LinkedIn
- Send a thank you note to show appreciation
- Invite members of your network to be guests at networking events
- Interview members and share them on your blog
As with any plan, your networking strategy will continually change as you gain experience and exposure. Don’t be afraid to re-evaluate, set new goals and most of all try to have fun with it.
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5 Strategies for Effective Networking in the Digital Age, Brian Honigman, January 16, 2014