Hi you guys!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend, and that your 2017 is off to a great start. I got to say so far mine has not disappointed. Next month I will finally officially start my new career as a consultant analyst for Accenture, move to my new place and even start looking around for studio space. Needless to say, I am extremely excited. All these good things would have not been possible if it weren’t for the so dreaded meeting people and networking activities.
So in today’s “human interaction” news I wanted to share what I have learned and has actually kind of been working for me as an introvert trying to network. I am still struggling with networking and learning how to effectively communicate with people I do not know, but these 5 points I think are a good start for anyone.
- SMILE: Seems really silly, but smiling is contagious, by just smiling at someone you open up a door you might have never known was there. Would you want to communicate with a grumpy looking person? I know I wouldn’t and further more if I were in the position to refer said person to a job, or an opportunity, I probably wouldn’t care to share and associate myself with a recommendation of someone who can’t even bother cracking a sincere smile.
- TELL YOUR STORY: We all come from somewhere and been through some things that someone might find absolutely amazing, interesting, inspiring heck maybe even sad, who knows; either way be authentic. My testimony to this is my future position. While driving for Uber I met a lovely lady who after talking with me on her way to the airport felt like that my story was so unique and interesting that she gave me the business card that would forever change and shape my future to exactly what I have envisioned it to be, a few months later here I am preparing to start my Accenture career.
- BE READY: you never know when the right person might be in front of you, be ready; Always. I kept a stack of cv’s in my car, which I gave out a few times while driving for Uber. Try to have a clear idea of what it is you want, if you can’t express it, then chances are it can’t be understood either.
- LISTEN: ok, granted, there are some people out there that really just love the sound of their voices, but if you are lucky enough you might find a person whose words could be the inspiration you needed at that moment or the “link” that was missing in your quest, whatever it may be.
- RESEARCH: As much as random networking encounters are a lot more fun and perhaps bearable, I found that making a list of upcoming networking events that were cohesive with my desired goals really did help. The presence of a bar didn’t hurt either ( as long as you know you are still trying to be professional and what not!)
Well guys that is all I got for now! Have a great week!
Ciao for now,