Networking is extremely important when it comes to advancing your career. You want people in the business world to know your name (and obviously in a positive context). If you ever want to switch jobs or career paths, you want the option of being able to reach out to people in your industry that you’ve worked with in the past for a referral or reference.
Being able to communicate in a productive and efficient way is a great skill to have, and what better way to practice than by attending more events and extending invites to meet up for coffee or lunch? These are easy ways to get to know new people, learn new things, and perhaps gain new opportunities for your career and future.
Networking is also a great way for other people to learn more about what you have to offer. You can practice you “elevator pitch” to a number of people, in a low-risk environment. What’s a better way to improve your career?
For practical advice on expanding your circle of colleagues and friends within your industry (and outside of it), check out these Tips on Life & Love articles:
- Work, Work, Work: Striking Up a Conversation at Events
- Networking: Finding Common Ground
- How to Network Like a Pro
- 11 Reasons Why You Should Force Yourself to Network (via Bustle)
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