10 Things to Do to Improve Your Professional Network
1. Networking Takes WORK.
The word network says it all – it takes WORK! Someone once said, “The fortune is in the follow-up.” This is now my mantra.
2. Cookie Cutters are for Baking, Not Networking!
I was recently at a management conference for one of my clients and I asked everyone two questions: “What is one thing you wish your company offered to make your job easier?” and “What’s one thing I can do better in our business relationship?” You should have seen their faces.
3. If You Build it, They Will Come.
I started a niche networking group in Chicago more than five years ago to bring together industry professionals monthly and “amp” up their networks. If something doesn’t exist, go create it.