Do you want to learn the secret to success in any field? Look no further than the power of networking. Whether you’re a business owner, an employee, or a student looking to make connections, this practice is key in building a community and advancing your career.
But what exactly is networking, and how can you do it effectively? The key is to not think of it as “networking.” Friends do business with friends—so make it a point to get to know people. Build connections that last. Start by just showing up, making an effort to get yourself out there. Go to events. Be involved. The opportunities will follow.
As you embark on building these relationships, here are a few key things to keep in mind:
1. Be authentic
It’s important to be yourself. That’s how you stand out. People want to connect with genuine individuals who feel comfortable discussing (and connecting over) their values and interests. By showing up as your true self, you will ultimately attract the right connections. If opportunities follow, great. If not, you’ve grown your network. And you never know when an opportunity to either give or receive help down the road may arise.
2. Be curious
When you’re meeting someone new, take the time to actually listen to their story and learn about their goals and aspirations. Asking questions and reflecting back on what you’re hearing are two excellent ways to make people feel truly heard. When people feel heard, they share. And when they share and you actively listen—you learn. This not only expands your perspective, but it also builds a sense of trust and respect between you and your connections.
3. Be intentional
The final key to making a lasting impression is to follow up. Whether it’s a simple email or a handwritten note, thank them for their time and express your interest in staying in touch. But don’t stop there. Life in the business world is all about adding value. Ask yourself, “How can I help this person?” Use that as a basis for thoughtfully reflecting on something specific from your conversation and offering a hand in support.
How does Golisano Institute help students build their network?
Because of our focus on setting up our students for success and standing out in the business world, we are committed to creating an environment for building strong connections. Our unique class structure, mentorship opportunities, and internship programs give students direct access to a rich network of professionals across a wide range of industries.
The impact of a strong network on your professional journey cannot be overstated. It can open doors and provide opportunities that might not be available otherwise. So what are you waiting for? Let’s unlock your potential and start building your network. Contact our Director of Admissions to learn more about our program and start your journey toward success today.
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Tom Golisano, Founder