We all know
we're supposed to nurture
our network. And while there's nothing wrong with
the old school advice to cultivate and nourish your network with lunches and
e-mails, handing over business cards at industry events and scheduling drinks with
colleagues can have a whiff of the ho hum. Reinvigorate your networking with
these outside-the-box ideas.
handing out business cards at industry events, one creative networker instead
passed around a brand new volleyball and sharpie. You can bet he had some
interesting conversations. In Start
Focusing on New, Creative Networking Ideas
the volleyball idea vies with other inspired networking schemes such as
interviewing colleagues for a blog post or creating a contest for a gift card
drawing and soliciting cards from fellow event attendees. Bottom line: getting
creative can get you noticed.
Timing is Everything
Make time for
networking with creative time-management suggests Patti DeNucci, author of The Intentional Networker. We like her walk-and-talk idea, where networking conversations are
combined with hiking, running or walking. DeNucci also recommends taking a "how
about now?" approach at industry conferences and seizing the moment for an
immediate 15-minute-coffee-and-chat sidebar rather than swapping cards and
agreeing to get together down the road. Bottom line: there's no time like the
present for networking.
Hello, Old Friend
overlook an important existing network as they cultivate new industry-specific
networks. Look to your college and graduate school networks as valuable
resources. Best of all, universities and colleges are set up to help with
networking, contact your alumni office to get started. For more ideas, read Don't Wait for a Reunion to Network with
Former Classmates. Bottom line: turn old memories into
Just Go For It
writer Scott Ginsburg of the blog site hellomynameisscott.com offers seven fantastic tips for networking that will have you
saying "why didn't I think of that?" Ginsburg channels his inner moxie,
bringing a "go for it" approach to networking. He approaches big shots when
possible and cold calls for speaking engagements. He also practices the
personal touch, responding to e-mails by picking up the phone within minutes. This
speedy, personal response in an age of impersonal communication gets noticed.
Bottom line: people err on the side of caution too often; go for it to get
What is the most unorthodox, yet effective networking tool
you've ever tried? Share
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Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.