What is networking really about?
I often speak with people who talk about the various networking groups they belong to and it strikes me more often than not during these conversations, that the whole reason for networking is to ‘get’ something from others – work, business, notoriety, connections, free advice. There always seems to be an undercurrent – the notion of I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine.
What about a different approach?
What about an approach that simply asks of you “what can I do you help you?”.
The thing is that I think networking is about being authentic and building relationships, sharing knowledge and experience, and this way, building the social capital of the networking group that you are a part of. That way everyone gives and receives in a meaningful way, not a selfish self-gaining way.