Today, I have another guest post form the lovely Kristine for you. She has looked into the murky world of networking for some tips for us to consider in our quest for making contacts in the publishing/authorly world. Although these tips fit for any kind of networking requirements I imagine. Take a look. :) What do you think?
Fun Ways To Network
In today's business world, who you know can
make a significant difference in your career. But networking isn't just about
getting on the major social networks like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook; it’s also
about having fun doing things you love and meeting people there who can be
great connections for you in your industry. There are lots of interesting ways
to network while still having a little fun.
One of the best ways to meet people with
similar interests in your area is to volunteer for causes you care about. For
example, a teacher may decide to start helping out at an after-school program
for kids who need tutoring assistance. Someone who cares about environmental
issues may decide to help with a clean-up project at a local stream or lake. While
you're there, you're likely to work alongside new people who can end up being
great business connections as well as volunteer partners.
The activities you do in your free time can
always be opportunities for networking, and playing games in social settings is
no exception. The important part is to keep your eyes and ears open as you
play, focusing not only on the game but also on the people you're playing with.
Whether you're at a local poker night or playing free
online games, you never know when you'll be able to connect with someone in
your field who can help you out.
Many people still dismiss sites like
Facebook and Twitter as little more than entertainment, but it’s becoming
increasingly obvious that social media can benefit businesses. Consequently, social
media can benefit you and your networking
efforts, as well. In between checking your mother's Facebook status and
playing FarmVille, take a few minutes to expand your professional network.
You'll always share a connection with
people who attended the same college or university as you, and attending events
associated with your alma mater is a great way to meet some of these people.
They're typically quite willing to help you out, and at the very least you'll
be able to reminisce about your time on campus as a student and compare notes
about what the school was like during the years you were there.
Nearly everyone has a blog these days. It's
a great way to connect with other netizens who share your passion. Take some
time to write your own blog, and read other people's blogs as well. As you
start commenting on blogs or writing posts in response to theirs, you can
become part of a greater community and develop trust and connections with the
people who frequent the same blogs as you.
These methods aren't necessarily
replacements for more traditional networking techniques, but they can supplement
your other methods. If you're always aware of who's around you and how you may
be able to help each other out, you'll be much more likely to make networking
connections in unexpected places. You never know when you'll run into the
person who can propel you into the position you've always dreamed of.
Kristine loves to write poetry and is
currently trying her hand at a novella.
read more: Fun Ways to Network: Guest Post By Kristine E