So, you’ve decided to jump in and get to networking, or you’ve rededicated or continue to commit yourself to the effort.
But do you know why, or are you just going through the motions?
If you’re new to networking, your “WHY” is likely to be different than it would be if you’ve been out there connecting with other professionals for a significant period of time. If you want to make the most of your experience, doing some soul searching to discover just want you want to gain from the experience is certainly time well spent. And your “WHY” doesn’t have to be singular in nature. Perhaps it’s a list of goals you’d like to accomplish. For example…
- Are you new at a position and looking to pick the brains of – or gain knowledge – from others in similar fields?
- Do you want to transition to a new profession and are you seeking to learn more about others and their careers?
- Are you aiming to connect with other professionals that can help boost your business or rank with their knowledge or by introducing you to additional connections?
Rediscovering your WHY
Perhaps you’ve been in the “networking game” for some time now. If you sit back and evaluate your efforts, do you know why you continue to attend functions or put yourself out there? It’s not uncommon to fall into a routine and lose sight of your bigger picture: your “WHY.” Make reflection a priority. Sit down to question yourself and map out your current goals to gain clarity. Do you want to expand your network and act as a liaison for others beginning to network? To be a mentor? Do you want to build upon relationships you’ve made and create long-lasting friendships? Do you want to do good while networking and join in volunteer efforts others you know to partake in for causes near and dear to your heart?
There are no wrong “WHYs.” Just like every individual, they are unique and meaningful to you. Check-in with yourself from time to time to gain clarity, to focus, and to reap the many rewards possible from your networking experience.
Learn more about Pagoda Business Network online at pagodabusinessassociation.com. We hope to see everyone in person, soon!
Nikki Murry is editor of Berks County Living magazine and a freelance writer, editor, proofreader and blogger. In her free time she is an active dog rescue volunteer and enjoys spending time with her 15-year-old son, Riley, and her three dogs: Buddha and Shelly, French Bulldogs, and Bruno, a Boston Terrier.