"Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction." ~ John C. Crosby
A client wrote this to me the other day when we were discussing networking. Does it resonate with you?
“When I think of networking with people I don’t know, I’m afraid that I will meet people who know more than me or have experience and they will think I’m a poser or that I’m trying to get something from them. It kind of feels like an interview, instead of a conversation. Maybe I feel that way because I am trying to get something and I feel that I’m imposing on them.”
Have you ever felt this way about networking? Like your only purpose in being there is to get something?
Have you ever wondered how to get the attention of a high-level person of influence? Or perhaps you’ve been dying to get an interview at a reputable company, but don’t know how to get in the door?
Networking online can be a great start to building relationships with key stakeholders in your industry so that you can take your career to new heights and achieve more money, success and joy. While it’s a long-game strategy, Twitter can have a valuable impact on your ability to get noticed by influential people and organizations, or to build and grow your network.
Assuming you have the basics of Twitter down, here are six mind-blowingly easy ways you can use Twitter to build your network (don’t be afraid to dive in – the water is fine!):
Have you ever wondered how to get the attention of a high-level person of influence? Or perhaps you’ve been dying to get an interview at a highly reputable company, but don’t know how to get in the door?
Well I have good news for you. Twitter can help. Sure it’s a long-game, but when used correctly, over time Twitter can have a valuable impact on your ability to get noticed by influential people and organizations or to build and grow your network.
Here are five ways you can use Twitter to build your network.
Last weekend I was walking with my best friend and we were talking about work, careers and what it means to be a better female leader (a frequent topic between us) when something she said hit me like a pile of bricks.
“You know what I’m completely sick of?” she said. “I’m so frustrated with people who make networking introductions via email without asking first.”
And my light bulb went off — I do this ALL THE TIME. And she’s completely right. I also get frustrated when people do this to me and I didn't even realize it until just then.
As an example, I often get email introductions without any explanation as to why I’m being connected with this new person and without first being asked if I even have time to meet someone new. As a result, I’m often faced with the uncomfortable (and sometimes awkward) challenge of figuring out…does Contact B want to hire me, pick my brain, ask me something specific, take me to coffee, be a potential partner/collaborator, or do they just want to be my friend? Should this be a phone call, a coffee, a lunch or a happy hour? Do I even have time for this connection? And now I'm on the spot and not sure how to proceed.
So here's what you do -- make the ask before you make the introduction