Networking is crucial to professional success, especially for women of color. As an executive coach, I have seen firsthand the benefits of having people in positions of influence who are aware of your talents and interests. If you’re looking to be considered for leadership positions or considering a career shift, you need to build your network.
Here are four tips to help you improve your networking efforts in 2023:
- Start with Who You Know: Think about your five closest connections and consider who they know. Somewhere along that intricate network of connections is someone poised to assist you with getting to your next level.
- Help Others: Networking relationships should be reciprocal. Evaluate how you show up and help others. None of us can expect to receive more effort and value than we put in.
- Affirm Yourself: Think honestly about how you feel about networking, including your fears. Getting clear on your specific networking hang-ups can help you take action and share your skills. You must believe in the benefit of connecting with others and understand that growth is what helps us get closer to our goals.
- Connect in the Way You Prefer: Networking doesn’t have to be a boring or formulaic experience. Focus on creating genuine relationships where both people feel safe to share. Empower yourself by setting a networking goal that aligns with your personality and style.
Incorporate networking into your calendar and set aside time each week to reach out to people. This is your year to shift your beliefs and experience the benefits of networking. It’s time for you to get unstuck, and making use of your network is the way to go. Remember, statistics show that 85% of positions are filled with personal or professional connections, and 70% of all jobs are not published publicly. Building a strong network is key to professional success.