Myth #1: Networking is about building up your professional contacts.
Sure, there is a strong professional component to your networking efforts.
But don’t forget about the more personal side!
When you are meeting someone for the first time or chatting with a former colleague, incorporate personal with the professional. People like working alongside others who are good company, can engage in fun conversation, and enjoy themselves.
Consider talking with your networking contacts about:
- A recommendation for a local restaurant
- Family and friends
- How they enjoy spending their time
*I love talking with people about their dogs! And people love talking about their dogs. It is a fun way to get to know others beyond the professional.
So, before you stick to pure business, invest time in the personal.
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