It is a networker’s dream to be able to attend effective and productive networking events on a regular basis. It is their high hope to meet quality, like minded individuals who are serious about their development. But it is impossible to attend every single event or connect with every single ideal person. Once a savvy networker comes across this obstacle, the next thing to consider is creating a way to make the most of their networking.
Consider having a team of supporters who are constantly networking on your behalf. These individuals are your trusted advisors who are willing to incorporate you to their existing networks. They can be colleagues, co-workers, friends, partners etc. Being able to have people to recommend you to others is also an excellent and credible form of word of mouth.
Before you enlist your team of supporters it is important to create a platform for them to properly network on your behalf. The first thing you should do is build quality relationships and trust. Show that you are committed and dedicated to your success and their success, as well. The next step is to share your goals and objectives for networking. Get them excited and engaged in your vision and mission. The final step is to go for the ask. Use etiquette and sensitivity to properly approach them and make your reasonable request. Hopefully, it is accepted and is a win-win for both parties.
Use these tips and suggestions to expand your networking objectives and reach your goals. Continue to build quality relationships based on credibility and trust.