When you hear the word “networking” you probably think about awkward networking events that everyone tries to avoid if they can. These networking connections typically lead to a new job, or further exposure for a current business. Although it may not seem necessary to continue networking once you have the the job and the life you want, it’s simply not true.
According to Center for Creative Leadership, “leadership networking is about developing and using your networks in a way that builds relationships and strengthens alliances in service of your organization’s work and goals.” In order to maintain a strong relationship with other people, it’s important to have good communication skills, as well as the ability to manage conflict and maintain relationships over time.
Staying on good terms with those who have formed connections with you is vital in networking. It’s also very important to give as much, if not more, than you take. Sharing your connections with them will often mean they will share with you as well. Being generous is necessary and very beneficial in this scenario.
But you have to be sincere while building these relationships.
According to Forbes, “the most successful networkers build genuine relationships and give more than they receive.” Rather than focusing on what you can gain, being sincere and forming real connections with people builds a real support system.Rather than focusing on what you can gain, being sincere and forming real connections with people builds a real support system. Click To Tweet
Forbes also gives some tips on how to efficiently network in the most genuine and efficient way:
- Start networking when you already have a job or do not have motive to gain anything specific
- Establish strong skills and connections that you can offer to help others in your field
- Focus on being personable and friendly; connect with people
- Remember that everyone has value
- Help others make connections with each other if it seems suitable
- Follow through with your offers to help after getting in touch
- Stay determined and believe that networking does truly make a difference as long as you are doing your part
If you’re looking for an easy way to meet other leaders in your industry, consider joining a Ministers Mastermind group. There are currently groups for:
LEAD PASTORS (OF CHURCHES UNDER 250)
There are limited spaces available! Learn more here: dukematlock.com/ministersmastermind
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