3 Ways to Rapidly Grow Your Network
Today we’re talking about networking. Networking is crucial for getting more business and referrals, so you want to try to expand your network at every opportunity. Here are three tips for how I expanded my network when I first moved to Austin, and how you can replicate these strategies for your own success.
1. Attend local events
Interacting with people in your space and sharing tips and ideas with them is a great way to quickly expand your network. Remember to ask people how you can support them. This gesture means a lot, and they’ll be sure to remember your kindness.
2. Say “Hi” to strangers
Some of my current friendships came from saying “Hi” to random people in coffee shops! Set a goal of saying “Hi” to two people every day for a month and watch how your network explodes. It’s easier than it sounds. Start by complementing someone on something relevant, and use that as a gateway to a bigger conversation.
3. Use your existing network
Pick someone in your network that you admire and ask them to put you in touch with someone who’s knowledgeable in a field you’re interested in. Try checking out their LinkedIn profile and looking at their connections. If there’s someone at a company or organization you want to be involved with, ask your connection to put you in touch with them.
“We’re human beings and we thrive on human relationships. So get out of your Instagram feed and go look around you.”
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- Find groups and events that are exciting to you. Make sure you’re getting value out of the events so you don’t feel like you’re wasting your time.
- Add value to others. Ask how you can support them and make sure you’ve created a two-way street. Don’t just ask others for help.
- Take advantage of every opportunity to work on your human-to-human interaction. This includes talking to strangers. It will help with all aspects of your business.