Where should I network?

Recently I met a man at a networking event, asking me: where should I network? And how much time do I have to spend on online networks?

This man was looking for a one-sentence-answer. I had to disappoint him. Because there is no one-fits-all solution to this question.

There are many parameters to consider like:
– What are your goals? Professional and private.
Who can help you reach these goals?
Where are these people? Which events do they attend? Are they on networking websites? Which websites?
– When attending an event, be aware that your goal might be different than that of others. You might be looking for new customers, but they might be looking to exchange experiences with their colleagues. Prepare yourself by asking the organisation or people who already attended this event in the past what you can expect !

These questions are not always easy to answer. But you have an incredible aid: your network. Ask your contacts to help you with your questions. They will be glad to help you !

To your success !

Jan

PS: tips about to reach your goals, how to network at events and on the web can be found in my networking book “Let’s Connect!” (visit www.letsconnect.be for more info and a FREE light version of the book)

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2 Responses to Where should I network?

  1. Thom Singer says:

    I like you blog. Just found it. Keep up the good work.

    The hard part about “where to network” is the real answer is EVERYWHERE. Networking is not some kind of magic bullet that will solve your problems. It is part of your overall business strategy, not just something you “do” when you are slow.

  2. Thanks for the compliment Thom !

    And you are right, you can network everywhere. But this drives some people crazy ๐Ÿ˜‰

    So that’s why I wrote this post ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Have a great networking day !

    Jan

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