TIP 1- Be clear on your career goals, who can help you achieve them and where those people are/meet, this will help tailor your networking efforts both on and off line
TIP 2– Find people in and around your sector on social media (LinkedIn, IG, Twitter) who have a different background from you
TIP 3- Never eat alone- literally. Ask people to join you on things you do every day. Nail appointments, spa days, work lunches etc.
TIP 4- Deepen current relationships. Set a challenge to connect with 2-4 friends a week (outside the friends you speak to everyday)
TIP 5- Going for drinks with 2 friends? Ask them each to bring someone to the meet up that would be good to connect with
TIP 6– Start a mastermind or accountability group around a topic you are seeking personal growth- finance, leadership, weight loss
TIP 7- Mums-network at school pickups and drop offs, PTA meetings etc.
TIP 8- Ask friends who are extroverts or super connectors to connect you to people or groups they know
TIP 9– Follow and connect online with bloggers or journalists who write about events and topics you are interested in. Follow and learn more about the people they meet at events and interview.
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In my previous 9to5, through networking and building a contact base both inside and outside my office, I connected with people I would call super connectors- people of influence in a sector who know the right people-and through one of those contacts I was selected as a Local Policy Expert to contribute to one of Nigeria’s foremost Climate Change Policy Documents.
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