Make Change Part of Your Networking Strategy

 

BUZZ QUOTE ~
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou 


Can you feel a bit of a change in the air?

There seems to be bit of a shift about to happen no matter who you talk to.

Last week I was chatting to some friends in the finance industry. They’re bracing themselves for some economic change. I also spoke to someone I met who works in the renewable energy area and his insight on all the work that is being done globally to meet energy needs with innovation made me hungry for change. He walked and talked it! 

Speaking to a lady in the line at the coffee shop the other day (yes, I am ready to network ALL the time – as we all should be) and she was telling me about a big cosmic shift that was happening in the world of astrology and the rumblings of change it was bringing to the universe.

And of course autumn is the season of change. The nights are getting that little crisper, we all want to stay in bed on those chilly mornings a little longer and the leaves are changing colour and falling to the ground.

Change is everywhere regardless of job roles, beliefs and where we live. Change is all around us.

So it seems like a good time to pose the question. Is it time for you to have a look at the way you do things? Is it time to change your networking strategy or at the very least your attitude to networking? Or have you already made some changes and you’re keen to see how you’re tracking?

Ask yourself these three questions and if you need to, change your networking strategy, approach or behaviour so you don’t get left behind.
 

  1. Are you visible enough?

 
Business Networking Academy research tells us that 75% of people have networks that don’t support the results they are looking to achieve. Get strategic about the way you network and who you network with. Plan to connect with others who know things that you don’t. It’s who you know – and who knows you – that will make the difference in how you are valued by others.
 

  1. Have you done a barometer check?

 
Remember in the New Year how we talked about setting strategic networking goals for 2015? Click here for a reminder. Go back to that plan and work out what is working and what isn’t? What needs to change? Is it strategy, behaviour or attitude that is propelling you forward or holding you back?
 

  1. Is your online presence active?

 
As of February 2015 there was 347 million users on LinkedIn. Wait. Let’s digest that for three seconds. 347 million users! LinkedIn is a gloriously cost effective way to increase your online presence and network. If you need to, change the way you approach LinkedIn. Keep your profile updated. Schedule in some time in your diary every day to jump on to the platform and interact. Comment on people’s posts, read articles, share the articles (if relevant to your network) on your own profile, keep up to date on who is doing what and who has moved where. LinkedIn is a valuable networking resource at your fingertips. Those who get THAT, get maximum value out of it.
 
The quote ‘The only certainty in life is change’ was uttered by Henry A Wallace, Vice President of the USA way back in the 1940’s. It seems Mr Wallace may have been ahead of his time.

Keep on top of your networking strategies, behaviours and attitude. Be flexible but smart. Change your approach if your first strategy didn’t work.

Always be ready for change.

Because if you’re ready for change, you’re ready for results.  And if results are what you are looking for then why not organise a Lunch & Learn session with your Team. 

Happy Netships!
Julia

 

ps - our next course intake is September (with limited places) - hope to see you there:) 

Create & Manage Networks Training Course 
Next intake is September 16th 2015
 (4 half day sessions in a program, held in the Sydney CBD, that runs over 2 months)
Details and Enrolments HERE

 

Posted on April 22, 2015 .