Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses two basic principles of networking that you must follow.
I have advice for you today about the importance of networking. For many of you, you are doing it all wrong. To you network is being online. You are on LinkedIn. You're making connections with people. You are doing a whole bunch of stuff. But you're not really talking to anyone.
Yes, it is important to influence people with how you communicate. You are absolutely right. There is a difference, however, when you are talking with someone for real, with meeting with someone for real and doing online networking.
I want to encourage you to get out of the house, get out of your office, and start scheduling regular sessions where you start meeting with people.
There was a suggestion made some years ago to have lunch with someone every day. That was a networking strategy. I want to encourage you to talk with someone every day about some professional circumstance where you are creating an influence, or you are creating your brand/an image in people's minds. Help them. Chat with them. See where they can use advice and counsel.. Doing things like that where you are actually sitting in talking with someone, as opposed to emailing or texting will go a long way toward creating the sort of influence is going to help you with getting an introduction at a time that you will need it.
Again, as I said in a recent video, the next recession is coming. I don't know when it is coming but there is another recession that is going to be coming. I have my opinions about when that is going to be, but it is irrelevant. If I am right or wrong. Ultimately another recession is going to come. You want to be in a position where people know you, like you and trust you. And want to help you. They understand what you do and they know you like you, trust you and want to help you.
Get out and talk to people.
Do you really think employers are trying to help you?
You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.
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