Networking is highly important in any business and having someone in the hierarchy who is highly connected to other people is always an additional advantage for the organization. Creating an optimized and holistic network with connects from all the relevant segments is like laying the foundation for a bright and successful future. Many people today aspire to be highly networked in order to increase their value and simultaneously bring more value on the table. In this edition of Transformation Tuesday, we will discuss the five key features and traits of highly networked people.
A positive and honest interest in others
You can only build a network on the strong foundations of strong relationships with other people. Networks are all about the kind of the relationship you have with others and for building a strong relationship, you need to have a genuine, positive and honest interest in other people and their professional lives. Pretending to be interested will only make you lose your primary objective and will distract and possibly lead you to nowhere. Allow people to know you and get to know them in order to have a robust relationship and network.
Ready to help others
Your network can stand strong only if you are willing to be unselfish. An individual highly versed in networking will understand how important it is to be unselfish and help others without any self-motives. Moreover, it will also help you in developing a rapport with the other person and will ultimately help you in connecting with people and thus have a mutually beneficial relationship.
A highly networked person is very patient and composed in nature. While connecting with people one should always think about the long-term goals instead of getting overwhelmed with the setbacks in the primitive stages. A highly networked person always tends to keep calm, composed and organized even in adverse situations when he/she doesn’t get a reply from someone in the network. Patience is the key to develop and build a sustainable and solid network.
A mind focusing on building a better and optimized future
Build and develop a network in accordance with your future goals. Focus on the goals you have set for yourself and analyze if the network you have been building aligns with it or not. Connect with like-minded people with similar goals and targets to have a better, optimized and strong network which can come to the rescue whenever you need some sort of advice or are stuck somewhere.
Always puts ‘quality’ over ‘quantity’
‘Quality’ above ‘quantity’ goes true in every aspect be it business or networking. Any network and its effectiveness can only be evaluated by the quality of the members and the cohesion between them. It is always beneficial to connect with people who are like-minded, understands you and engages in similar activities that can result in a mutually beneficial relationship.
Networking is highly important for anyone since it provides you with different perceptiveness and increases your knowledge about various aspects of business and sectors. People with the right mindset and with the above qualities can easily become a highly networked personality and can use it to their profit. With the right contacts and the right approach, you will grow, develop, prosper and flourish.
As Porter Gale quotes “ Your Network is your Net worth”, go and build your network to increase your net worth.
Written and Compiled by Faber Kishlay & Faber Mayuri