Avoid sending mass messages or spamming others with irrelevant content or requests. Wasting someone’s time sets you on course to be ignored, resented or blocked.
Failing to follow up after an initial interaction can diminish the impact of your networking efforts. Instead, make sure you always thank others for their time and assistance, whether it’s after a virtual coffee chat or receiving guidance from a mentor. Showing appreciation creates a positive impression and encourages ongoing support. Everyone loves being appreciated!
Also, be consistent about proactively following up after networking interactions. In addition to expressing your appreciation, you can reaffirm your interest in staying connected. This helps solidify in the mind of your new connection how interested and committed you are. Plus, it polishes the good impression you’ve already made.
While improved technology and multiple platforms have yielded fast and reliable access to people across the globe, they have also opened a Pandora’s box of superficial and spammy ways of networking. As a result, it’s more important than ever to be mindful about how you network.
Take advantage of the opportunities to expand your circle but take care to nurture the relationships you have and continue to make. By practicing authenticity and intentionality with your network, you’ll create lasting and fruitful relationships, even if you never meet IRL.
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